Former Kapamilya actor Onemig Bondoc is taking his battle against estranged wife, French-Filipina model and part-time actress Valerie Bariou, to court.
Bondoc confirmed that he filed a case at the Quezon City Hall of Justice against Bariou to get the full custody of his two children: seven-year-old Armelle and one-year-old Anton.
“I’m doing this for my kids because sobrang mahal ko ang mga anak ko, na feeling ko hindi siya capable of taking care of her kids,” explained Bondoc, whose last acting role in a television series was ABS-CBN’s “Marina.”
Bondoc met Bariou in 2007, that same year the model gave birth to their first child, Armelle. They got married in a civil ceremony in 2009.
Last September, Bondoc confirmed his separation from the model-actress, who made headlines when she worked as the “double” for actress Rachel Weisz in the Hollywood film “Bourne Legacy.”
“We cannot meet halfway because for her it’s her way or the highway. Siya, gusto niya sa mundo niya. Gusto niya siya lang ang pwedeng magkamali pero ang mga tao sa nakapaligid sa kanya dapat hindi magkamali. So, ‘yun po ang rason bakit hindi ko na kinaya, nakipaghiwalay na ako sa asawa ko,” explained Bondoc, who said he and Bariou started living apart in early 2013.
“Actually pinalayas niya ako sa condo ko, so condo namin, na ako mismo ang nagbabayad sa lahat. Siya ang nagpalayas sa akin. Tapos hinihintay ko na siya ang magpakumbaba pero nag-file siya ng annulment,” Bondoc added.
Currently, the two children are with Bondoc.
“Kaya ko ginagawa ito dahil tinanong ko ang anak ko. Sinabi ko sa kanya, ‘Armelle, do you want Papa to stop this?’ Sabi niya, ‘If Papa stops this, Mama will have to take control over you. No papa, you go, you fight. You fight, Papa,’” Bondoc said.
Addressing Bariou, Bondoc said: “Alam mo Val, I’ve already talked to you a lot of times but you don’t want to meet halfway. I really don’t want to do this but it seems that you really want this and you are forcing me to do it. So I guess, I will just see you in court.”
“As a father I will do everything and anything to protect my children. Sana hindi na dumating sa ganito. But now it’s too late so I will just see you in court,” he added. (MNS)