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Philippine consulate looks into Medina’s case

THE new Philippine vice consul to Guam, Alex O. Vallespin, was on Saipan recently to learn more about the case of Gil Ramos Medina, Philippine Honorary Consul to the CNMI Glicerio “Eli” Arago said.

“As a lawyer, he [Vallespin] wants to know first-hand the circumstances surrounding the case,” Arago added.

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Medina, who died by his own hand on Saipan in Dec. 2017, married Virginia L. Bonifacio in Oct. 1993 on island. She wanted her husband’s body to be repatriated to Philippines.

In 1997, however, Medina married another woman, Antonia Reyes, in Chuuk. Reyes arranged for his body’s cremation on Saipan.

CNMI Superior Court Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio has ruled that Medina’s marriage to Bonifacio did not comply with local laws and therefore was invalid. Medina’s marriage to Reyes, however, was valid, the judge added.

In an interview, Arago said his office and the Philippine consulate general on Guam “are now working on a plan as to how to approach Medina’s case.”

While on Saipan, Vallespin also paid a courtesy visit to Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres and Attorney General Edward Manibusan.

“It was just a meet-and-greet,” Arago said. “His [Vallespin] only purpose in coming to Saipan was the Medina’s case.”

But Vallespin will meet with members of the Filipino community in his next visit to Saipan in March when a Philippine consular team from Guam conducts its mobile outreach for passport renewals and other services.