Senator Koko Pimentel, a fellow Mindanaoan, said on Tuesday that he and his wife Jewel May Lobaton, a former beauty queen (she’s a Binibining Pilipinas-Universe titleholder), have been living separately since November 2011.
Here’s the official statement from Senator Koko Pimentel on his separation from his wife:
This may well be the most difficult public pronouncement I will ever be making in my entire life. And painful too, as every separation involves a certain degree of pain.
I confirm my separation from my wife of close to 12 years, Jewel May Lobaton. We have been living separately since November 2011.
I tried my best to resolve our differences for the sake of our two boys but have failed to do so. Now that we have separated, my main concern is the welfare of the boys.
Hence, I am asking for prayers from my supporters and the understanding of our people whom I serve. I want to assure them that this situation will not affect the discharge of my duties as a Senator.
Thank you for your prayers and support.