On June 10, 2019, Mrs. Julieta Nakpil Licup Pearson filed a bigamy case against journalist Raffy Teshiba Tulfo and his spouse Jocelyn Pua Tulfo before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Pearson and Raffy have a daughter named Grendy Licup Tulfo, who got married in January 2019.
Among the pieces of evidence Pearson presented was a marriage contract indicating that she and Raffy got married on October 25, 1982 at the office of the then mayor of Capaz, Tarlac, Philippines. The plaintiff accused the defendant of violating Article 349 of the Revised Penal Code.
“Bigamy happens if you enter into another marriage with another person while your first marriage is still subsisting without acquiring a judicial declaration declaring the said first marriage null and void or through annulment,” Pearson’s lawyer Atty. Lifrendo Gonzales told The Philippine Daily Inquirer. “In this case, there was no annulment, there was no nullity of marriage. So at the time that Mr. Raffy Tulfo entered into a second marriage, his first marriage is still subsisting.”
In a 14-page complaint, Pearson claimed that Raffy married Jocelyn twice, first at the Office of the Municipal Circuit Trial Court in Luna, Isabela, Philippines on June 24, 1993 and at the Little Quiapo restaurant in Diliman, Quezon City on January 20, 1995. Raffy and Jocelyn have two children namely Ralph Tulfo and Maricel Tulfo.
“Our marriage has not yet been judicially dissolved either by annulment or through nullity of marriage,’’ Pearson said in the complaint. She claimed that Raffy left her when she was only five-month pregnant following a quarrel between them in their house in Tarlac.
According to Pearson, Raffy abandoned her, never communicated with her thereafter not even when their daughter was born on March 6, 1984 and never returned to their conjugal dwelling. A relative told The Manila Times that he “left even when she had yet to give birth to their child.”
Jocelyn is the second nominee of ACT-CIS party list, which won three slots in the 2019 Philippine general elections. Raffy campaigned for the party list in his public affairs show “Wanted sa Radyo” on Radyo5 92.3 News FM.
“She’s already married to a foreigner and she’s asking 100 million pesos or else gigibain daw niya ang buhay ko,” Raffy said of Pearson in the episode of “Wanted Sa Radyo” on June 11, 2019. “I have the letter from her lawyer. It is blackmail and extortion.”
According to Raffy, Pearson is currently married to an Arthur Joseph Pearson and the two are currently residing in Brgy. Tinang, Concepcion, Tarlac. Watch the “Wanted sa Radyo” host’s explanation here: