Derek Ramsay and Mary Christine Jolly reach settlement; concubinage charge dropped

By , on November 5, 2014

Photo from Derek Ramsay's official Facebook Page.
Photo from Derek Ramsay’s official Facebook Page.

Derek Ramsay and estranged wife, Mary Christine Jolly have finally reached a settlement, following a legal battle which lasted for some months.

Argee Guevarra , Mary Christine’s lawyer, said in a statement that the couple agreed on a settlement for the benefit of their 11-year-old son Austin. He added that Mary Christine has decided to withdraw the concubinage complaint she lodged against Ramsay and his ex-girlfriend Angelica Panganiban. Ramsay’s estranged wife had also earlier withdrawn the charges of violation of the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act which she filed against the actor.

In his statement, Guevarra said: “Derek and Mary can now move on with their lives but with a renewed realization and deepened sense of commitment to fulfill their parental responsibilities and obligations to their son, Austin. Although the legal battle exacted untold stress between the couple, Derek and Mary emerged as victors with their coming to an amicable settlement which is always a Win-Win solution for all litigants.”

“Handling a good case is always bettered by a good settlement between the parties — in stark contrast with the acrimonious animus between Derek and Mary which animated the conduct of the legal proceedings a few months ago. The peaceful resolution of the case between Derek and Mary should now serve as a template for others similarly situated and for those who have closely followed the drama to view Family Law from the prism of fair play and respect between husband and wife bearing in mind the best interest of the child,” the lawyer added; noting that Ramsay and Mary Christine can now devote their time and attention towards raising their son.