Senator Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III takes his oath of office, 15 August 2011, with his family in his side, before Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile at the Senate Building in Pasay City, south of Manila.
“I confirm my separation from my wife of close to 12 years, Jewel May Lobaton. We have been living separately since November 2011,” Pimentel said in a statement.
Lobaton is a former Binibining Pilipinas titleholder who represented the country in the Miss Universe pageant in 1998.
“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,” the senator said.
He added that he tried to resolve their differences for the sake of their two children but to no avail.
“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,” Pimentel said.