MANILA, Philippines – Comedian and television host Jose Manalo has categorically denied the allegations of his wife, Anna Lyn, that he has an extra-marital affair.
An official statement released on Tuesday said Manalo “shall address the same at the proper forum at the appropriate time. “
The statement said Manalo is “saddened by Anna Lyn's decision to resort to media interviews” because it “shall compromise their efforts at a mutually-acceptable resolution of their differences and, more importantly, shall not be in the best interests of their children.”
Manalo also maintained that he continues to provide for his children, contrary to allegations of neglect and financial support.
Anna Lyn has filed a complaint against her husband at the Office of the City Prosecutor in San Juan on February 27, before appearing on “The Buzz.”
In her complaint affidavit, Anna Lyn alleged that she and her children have suffered from verbal and emotional abuse.
The couple have five children, while Jose has two more children from a second marriage. Anna Lyn said all seven children are now with her.
Anna Lyn said the verbal abuse and insults started in the second half of 2011 amid rumors that Jose was having a "sexual relationship" with a member of popular dance group.
Ann Lyn also claimed that Manalo's tirades against her were committed even in the presence of their children.
The Office of the City Prosecutor in San Juan has set the preliminary investigation on the complaint on March 14 and March 21.
Below is the full statement of Manalo:
Jose is currently encountering difficult challenges in his relationship with Anna Lyn. He is, thus, deeply saddened by Anna Lyn's decision to resort to media interviews when she is fully aware that such decision shall compromise their efforts at a mutually-acceptable resolution of their differences and, more importantly, shall not be in the best interests of their children.
Jose has received a copy of Anna Lyn's Complaint-Affidavit for violation of Republic Act No. 9262 and has referred the same to his lawyers for proper action. He has been advised by his lawyers to refrain from commenting thereon in the meantime. Jose has not been advised of any other action filed by Anna Lyn against him.
Jose categorically denies Anna Lyn's unfounded statements regarding an alleged extra-marital affair and shall address the same at the proper forum at the appropriate time.
Jose likewise categorically denies any allegation of neglect, financial or otherwise, as regards his children with Anna Lyn, the truth being that he is providing, and will continue to provide his children, such support to the best of his ability.
At present, Jose, in loving consideration of Anna Lyn and their children, is exerting his best efforts to refrain from resorting to any legal action against Anna Lyn in connection with various incidents involving him and other acts where even his own parents were offended and prejudiced by Anna Lyn. As the matter ultimately involves his family, Jose requests the media to allow him and Anna Lyn some measure of privacy in order that they may be able to resolve the same out of the public eye.