• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Dominique “Nikki” Lopez Benitez has clarified that there have been no discussions between her and her husband, Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, regarding separation or annulment.
A statement issued on Sunday by Nikki Benitez, through her son, Victorias City Mayor Javier Miguel Benitez, said “In light of the recent article and its distressing contents, I wish to clarify that there have been no discussions between my husband and I regarding separation or annulment.”
She further stressed that “The quotes attributed to him in the media, suggesting romantic links with several actresses, came as a surprise. We have been living under one roof for 31 years, maintaining our family’s unity through all of life’s challenges.”
“My commitment to handling our personal matters with dignity and respect remains unchanged. I am especially focused on shielding our children from any pain or anguish brought about by this matter,” she concluded.*