Jose Manalo fervently denies abandoning family for a 'mistress'; requests for privacy

MANILA, Philippines - For their children's sake, comedian Jose Manalo is exerting his "best efforts" to refrain from resorting to taking any legal action against his wife Anna Lyn.

In a statement released on Mar. 13, Jose claimed that it was actually him and his own parents who were "offended and prejudiced" by Anna Lyn and not the other way around.

Recall that in the complaint filed by Anna Lyn against her husband for violating R.A. (Republic Act) 9262 or the Anti Violence Against Women and Children Act last Feb. 27 at the Office of the Prosecutor in San Juan City, her affidavit noted that aside from cheating, Jose was reportedly abusing her and their children verbally and emotionally.

He admitted, though, that his marriage with Anna Lyn is currently in a state of turmoil as the latter accused the former of abandoning their family for a certain dancer, during her Mar. 4 interview with "The Buzz."

More, he also expressed being "deeply saddened" that Anna Lyn decided to reveal their problems through media interviews which he believes could "compromise" their attempts to arrive at a mutually-agreed solution. Furthermore, he pointed out that such action is not in the "best interests" of their children.

"Jose has received a copy of Anna Lyn's Complaint-Affidavit for violation of Republic Act No. 9262 and has referred the same to his lawyers for proper action," the statement read.

The release said that Jose has been advised by his counsels to keep from commenting on the case from hereon. But he didn't let the opportunity pass as he slammed in the statement all the allegations hurled by his wife.

The Kapuso comedian called his wife's accusation of him having an extra-marital affair "unfounded." As for the neglect issue, Jose maintained that he's continuously supporting his children "to the best of his abilities," financial or otherwise.

Jose requested that media allow him and Anna Lyn some measure of privacy "in order that they may be able to resolve the same out of the public eye."

The Office of the City Prosecutor has slated the preliminary investigation on Mar. 14 and 21.