In an Instagram post, Marietta Subong, popularly known as Pokwang, said the decision to file a petition was for the benefit of their daughter, Malia.
Pokwang was joined by her lawyer Ralph Calinisan at the Bureau of Immigration in Intramuros, Manila last Tuesday, June 13.
“Para sa karapatan ko at ng anak ko, para sa mga kapwa ko babae at sa bayan ko,” the comedian wrote in the caption on her Instagram as she showed a photo of the petition documents.
“Karapatan ko kasi bilang partner mo sa negosyo na malaman, ‘Ano na tayo? Nasaan na tayo? Anong nangyayari?’ Nagpapa-update lang naman ako sa kanya na, feeling ko, karapatan ko ‘yon. Ang dating sa kanya agad… hindi niya nagustuhan,” Pokwang said during an interview with Boy Abunda back in February.
Pokwang tearfully disclosed that her relationship with O’Brian came to an end due to a confrontation regarding their joint business venture.
“Halos one year na akong walang naririnig… Normal lang naman ‘yon, e. ‘Nung last month, ito ang gastos natin.’ ‘Yun lang naman ang hinihingi ko. ‘Yun lang naman. Hindi niya nagustuhan. Parang ang dating sa kanya, hinuhusgahan ko na siya agad. Parang tinanggalan niya ako ng karapatan na malaman,” she added.
“Oo naghiwalay kami pero marami akong binigay na chance. Marami akong signal na binigay sa kaniya na ‘please, ayusin mo naman ito para kay Malia.’”
It was in January 2015, when Pokwang entered into a relationship with O’Brian, whom she worked with in the film “Edsa Woolworth” which was released in theaters in that same month.
The former couple announced in August 2015 that Pokwang suffered a miscarriage.
After trying to have another baby, Pokwang gave birth to Malia on January 18, 2018.
Unfortunately, Pokwang and O’Brien separated in November 2021, with the comedienne having custody over their daughter.
In January this year, Pokwang disclosed that O’Brien was dating someone new since their breakup in July last year.