Paqui Ortigas wants judge out of legal separation case


Former ambassador to Mexico Francisco “Paqui” Ortigas III is seeking the inhibition of Makati Judge Marie Picardal-Tecson from handling the legal separation case filed by his estranged wife, Susana Madrigal Bayot.

Ortigas, who filed an ad cautelam motion (or a motion for security) last Aug.13, has questioned the impartiality of Judge Tecson after learning that one of the lawyers handling Bayot’s legal separation case is a business partner of Constantine Tecson, the judge’s husband.

“Judge Tecson would be acting with impartiality and candor if she inhibits herself so as not to show any appearance of bias,” Ortigas said in a press statement Thursday.

He said he was seeking the judge’s inhibition to address his persistent doubts over Tecson’s ties with Bayot’s counsels and the peculiar circumstances and timing of the judge’s appointment to Branch 144 of the Makati Regional Trial Court.

Tecson was appointed to the Makati RTC branch last May or June, just months after Bayot filed a petition for legal separation, Ortigas noted.

Alliance aggravating bias

Ortigas said his apprehension over the judge’s possible bias has been further aggravated by what he learned about the  business alliance of Constantine Tecson and the unnamed lawyer handling the Bayot case.

He said that based on the general information sheet (GIS) of the companies submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Constantine Tecson and his business partner were stockholders and officers for Prestige Asia Co.  and Lakefront Realty.

Based on the GIS, Constantine Tecson serves as the chairman and president of Prestige Asia while his business partner is the company’s treasurer, he said.

Lakefront Realty, on the other hand, has the person handling the legal separation case as its chair and president while Constantine Tecson is listed as one of its officers, he said.

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  • akoombulator

    multi millionaire at ex ambassafor pero patagong chimay killer din pala tinigasan kay inday jus ko day magpakatotoo kayo

    • generalproblem

      ikaw ba naman kasi maging ambasador ka sa bansa ng mga mulsim eh bawal ang night life dun eh mabuburyong ka nga. kaya tiba tiba yung ambasador ng mga muslim country sa pinas one to sawa hehehhe.

  • Ulpiano Jotojot

    Bakit ba mga Ambassador ng Pinas mga MANYAKIS ?  Ambassador Ortigas  nuon. Ngayon si Ambassador Shulan Primavera ng Kuwait. ….pati OFW pinag tripan….

  • akoombulator

    sa mga ofw pre departure orientation seminar Isa sa mga suggestion para maka iwas sa bawal na sex ay magsalsal na lang dapat din mag pdos ang mga ambassador ng pinas mga manyakis

    • generalproblem

      hahaha oo nga lalo na yung mga dadalhin sa muslim na bansa dahil bawal ang nightlife dun. maganda ang suggestion mo sana mabasa ni del rosario. sabagy si del rosario kasi eh menupause na yun kaya walang pakialam.

  • Fulpol

    when the rich unite in marriage, the intention is to consolidate wealth…

    when they fall apart, it’s a big explosion… 

    • generalproblem

      tama kahit mga magkamag anak sila. gawain ng mga intsik yan kaso yung ibang intsik na babae gusto na yung native na pinoy kasi mas matigas daw kesa dun sa kalahi nila hehehhe.

  • randyaltarejos

    Kayo naman mga igan, di kasi mahilig sa papaya mga yan. Dapat yan ang kinakain na prutas ng mga manyakis na diplomats. Bakit kelangan pang mag inhibit ang judge na yan para matapos na yang legal separation issue at para tuloy ang ligaya ni Amb. Pacqui Ortigas?

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