Mary Christine Jolly Is Open To Settle Charges Against Derek RamsayAlthough Derek Ramsay's estranged wife Mary Christine Jolly did not attend the preliminary investigation on September 4, her legal counsel said she's pushing for the charges against the actor. Atty. Isaiah Asuncion also said his client is open to a settlement from Derek.
The preliminary investigation for the complaint that Derek violated RA9262 or the Anti Violence Against Women and their Children Act was set on September 4 at the Makati Prosecutor's Office. However, Atty. Asuncion said their camp needed time to finalize Mary Christine's reply.
Although his client is open to settlement, she does intend to pursue the case to seek justice for what was done to her and her son with Derek. They also want the judge to decide on what should happen to the case.
Atty. Asuncion assured that Mary Christine is in the country. The court agreed to the extension asked by her camp based on an earlier extension also granted to Derek's camp for his counter-affidavit submitted on August 20. Derek's legal counsel, Atty. Joji Alonso, did not contradict the decision.
Prosecutory Dimayacyac asked Atty. Asuncion regarding the P45-million lump sum being asked by Mary Christine. Her lawyer answered that the sum was for Austin's studies until he reaches college.
The prosecutor asked both camps to reach a settlement for the kid's sake but Atty. Asuncion said they have not received an offer of settlement from Derek's camp.
Atty. Alonso, however, said they are not going to offer for a settlement because Derek has done nothing wrong.
In an earlier interview, Mary Christine, a Filipina-Indian, said that the P45-million lump sum was not out of proportion because it is based on the needs and living expenses of their son, who is based abroad. It is also based on Derek's capabilities as a father.
The prosecutor reminded both camps not to discuss the merits of their cases on the media "to avoid trial by publicity." Most particularly, the prosecutor asked the parties not to reveal the name of the child and also where the complainant resides.
Dimayacyac said that the case was traumatic enough for their son, so they should not add to it.
The court scheduled Mary Christine's reply to be submitted on September 18 while Derek is asked to reply on September 25.