'Sunshine Cruz exploring legal options'

Posted at 01/18/2013 9:54 PM | Updated as of 01/19/2013 4:10 PM

Sunshine Cruz

MANILA -- Five years since she first sought to annul her marriage to Cesar Montano, Sunshine Cruz is again seeking legal counsel on a possible split from her husband of 12 years.

Atty. Bonifacio Alentajan, Cruz' lawyer, confirmed with ABS-CBN News on Friday that the actress is "exploring her legal options" in connection with a recent controversy involving her husband and Krista Miller.

The lawyer, who was one of the wedding sponsors of Cruz and Montano, said he advised the actress to try reconciling with her husband first before making any legal steps.

The rift between the showbiz couple stemmed from pictures posted by Miller on Instagram.

In a series of posts on the image-sharing site, which have since been deleted, Miller shared photos of an Abercombie and Fitch shirt for men, a pack of chocolates and an iPhone 5. The items, according to Cruz in her comments on the photos, were gifts from her to Montano.

Miller will portray Marita Zaragoza in a film directed by and starring the actor, "The Turning Cradle: The Untold Story of Alfredo Lim".

This isn't the first time Montano has been linked to another woman since his marriage with Cruz.

In 2008, Cruz planned to file for the annulment of their marriage, also through Alentajan, after the actor was romantically linked to a teen Brazilian model named Mariana del Rio.

The couple eventually reconciled, with Cruz saying she was willing to give their marriage another try.

Cruz and Montano have three daughters.