Binay accuser faces disbarment for bigamy

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RENATO Bondal, one of those who accused Vice President Jejomar Binay of building an overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2, is facing a disbarment complaint for allegedly committing bigamy.

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In a two-page complaint filed at the Supreme Court dated August 11, 2014, Eduardo Eridio of Barangay Palanan, Makati City (Metro Manila), claimed that Bondal contracted two marriages –first with Rutchie B. Barcelona and later with Janice N. Ramos. Eridio said Bondal married Barcelona on March 19, 1997 before Makati City Metropolitan Trial Court Judge Felicidad Navarro-Quiambao. On July 2, 2011, the lawyer wedded Ramos at the Malate Catholic Church in Manila.

Eridio said Bondal should be disbarred for abandoning his first wife.

“Abandoning his first wife and children and taking a second wife 20 years younger than him clearly shows that he is leading a life not in accordance with the highest moral standards of the community,” the complainant noted.

Eridio used as evidence copies of the marriage certificates of Bondal and a certification from the National Statistics Office signed by Lisa Grace Bersales, national statistician and civil registrar general, showing the two marriages registered in the database covering the period 1945-2014.

He said Bondal “tried to mislead the public by using a second name ‘Lou’,” as shown on the second marriage certificate, but in both records, his birthday, address and parents’ names were identical.”

“As officers of the court, lawyers must not only be of good moral character but must lead a life in accordance with the highest moral standards of the community,” Eridio added.

Under Section 27, Rule 138 of the Rules of Court, a member of the Bar may be removed or suspended for any deceit, malpractice or other gross misconduct, grossly immoral conduct or by reason of his conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude.

Under the law, the crime of bigamy is punished with prision mayor or imprisonment from six years to 12 years.

Bondal, however, denied the accusations.

He said his first wife went to the United States and became an American citizen and eventually divorced him. Hence, he became single and was allowed to remarry.

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  1. Jose A. Oliveros on

    The supposed divorce decree secured by Bondal’s first wife from a US court after she ha become a US citizen should be recognized here in the Philippines through proper court proceedings. If Atty. Bondal failed to file the proper court action for the recognition of that divorce decree, he is still considered validly married to his first wife, even if she is now a US citizen, consequently, his marriage to his second wife is bigamous. By the way, in bigamy cases, anybody can be complainant; it is not even required that the first husband or wife be the complainant.
    And for those who claim or suspect that VP Binay is behind the filing of the complaint for disbarment against Bondal, please stick to the issue of Bondal’s first and second marriages.

  2. Im not defending the guy here but you need to get rid of these stupid religious laws. Most married males in government i would bet have had a mistress or a girlfriend or a liasion with another woman since getting married. You all forget its 2014 not the 1800’s. Its strange how movie icons arnt held accountable like a lawyer, why not, hes a filipino. & then look at your archaic laws, a husband & wife both have an affair, the woman is charged with adultery but nothing for them man. Yes there is concubinage but he has to live with her for that to be held against him. You see its men making the laws to protect themselves as much as possible. In this country you bring religion into the law, into politics into everything. Its a joke as most will lie & cheat & steal as they know if they go to church & confess they will be forgiven. I really find myself laughing at the stupidity of religious beliefs. & look how long ago this lawyer supposedly abandoned his wife, why wasnt he taken to court there & then for it, why wait all these years to bring it up. Religion like this keeps you a backward people.

    • this is not only about religion….. this is also about the law of the Philippines. and no one is above the law.

  3. I smell a rat here. So he is accusing Binay of building an over priced public building, so Binay now dig up dirt to discredit him. Now you smart people of the Philippines this should be a red flag that Binay is vindictive and corrupt like all the no god politicians in the Philippines, He has no business holding an office let alone he will be the next president.

  4. mikhail hironymus on

    It looks like the accuser of Binay is no angel after all. Now he is on the HOTSEAT.

    Read on:

    Binay accuser faces disbarment for bigamy

    September 22, 2014 11:28 pm

    by JOMAR CANLAS SENIOR REPORTER

    RENATO Bondal, one of those who accused Vice President Jejomar Binay of building an overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2, is facing a disbarment complaint for allegedly committing bigamy.

    In a two-page complaint filed at the Supreme Court dated August 11, 2014, Eduardo Eridio of Barangay Palanan, Makati City (Metro Manila), claimed that Bondal contracted two marriages –first with Rutchie B. Barcelona and later with Janice N. Ramos. Eridio said Bondal married Barcelona on March 19, 1997 before Makati City Metropolitan Trial Court Judge Felicidad Navarro-Quiambao. On July 2, 2011, the lawyer wedded Ramos at the Malate Catholic Church in Manila.

    Pay back time. Bad Karma!

    • mikhail hironymus on

      So…Renato Bondal, the accuser of V.P.Binay is being accused of the crime of BIGAMY. Bigamy is no laughing matter and nothing to sneeze about. It carried a jail time, plus in his case, Disbarment.

      I do not know how he can get out of this charge/mess with all the supporting papers against him. He will have to spend a lot of money for the Prosecutor, the Judge and Witnesses, unless he can produced a valid Divorce Papers from the U.S. Court, something you can just fake. I am sorry for you, Mr. Bondal. You should have clear your backyard before you look at the other yard.

    • I believe his crime of bigamy has no relations and nothing to do with his accusing Binay of corruption. He, he who do we believe is the author of this case.