MANILA, Philippines – Wealthy businessman and former Philippine Ambassador to Mexico Francisco “Paqui” Ortigas III was arrested by authorities on Wednesday for charges of concubinage filed by his wife Susana Madrigal Bayot.
|Francisco “Paqui” Ortigas III
Ortigas was arrested in his office by Pasig police before noon by virtue of a warrant issued by Pasig Metropolitan Trial Court Judge Joy Nerves Casihan-Dumlao.
Ortigas did not resist arrest but was surprised by the presence of police personnel.
“Nagulat siya siyempre kasi kahapon lang in-issue ang warrant of arrest,” said Chief Inspector Bernouli Abalos.
Bayot accused her husband of having extra-marital affairs during the course of their 40-year marriage, including one with his private secretary and Bayot's best friend Ma. Antonia Legarda.
“She has reached the point where she said she has had enough. All she wants is adequate recompense under law, may na-violate na batas eh,” said Bayot’s lawyer Thea Daep.
Ortigas posted bail of P10,000 hours after his arrest.
He declined to face the media and pleaded for privacy through a statement given to his lawyer Elizabeth Loriega.
“This is a purely private matter, which refined and civilized individuals avoid elucidating on,” the statement said.
Both Ortigas and his wife are from powerful clans.
The former ambassador belongs to the Ortigas clan who owns Ortigas and Company, the developer and owner of the Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan and other properties in Mandaluyong and Ortigas.
Bayot, on the other hand, belongs to the Madrigal clan. -- Report from Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News