CAGAYAN de Oro Rep. Benjo Benaldo issued a statement to the media saying he and partner Brazilian model Daiana Menezes have already settled their differences.
Menezes, in her posts to several social media sites, did not mention that it was Benaldo who abuses her physically and sexually.
She posted photos of violence against women and included a picture of her arm with bruises and scratches which fueled speculation and alarmed her fans.
Because the people already knew their relationship, Benaldo decided to come out and clear his name.
Benaldo said he and Menezes remain as couple, and like any other couple, they encounter problems. “We try to resolve them privately. I have apologized to her and she has accepted,” Benaldo said in a statement.
“We are together out of love. We fought because of love. She has forgiven me because she truly loves me. I am truly blessed,” he said.
After Menezes posted the pictures and statement, the reporters tried to get Benaldo’s side but he refused to reply or call back
The lawmaker who lost in his re-election bid appealed to the people to understand Menezes.
The two reportedly got married in Las Vegas last Dec. 2012. Their first public appearance together was during last year’s State of the Nation Address.