Comedian and Eat Bulaga TV host Jose Manalo has issued an official statement on the accusations by his wife Anna Lyn and her filing of charges in relation with Republic Act No. 9262 or Anti-Violence Against Women and Children.
The statement reads:
“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.”