MANILA, Philippines - Actress and former beauty queen Ruffa Gutierrez-Bektas has asked the Quezon City Regional Trial Court to award to her the custody of her two minor daughters.
Gutierrez-Bektas, whose real name is Sharmaine Gutierrez, filed a petition for custody in which the defendant is her estranged husband, Turkish businessman Yilmaz Bektas.
The case docketed as Civil Case No. Q-09-64795 is now assigned at the sala of QCRTC Branch 107 Presiding Judge Jose Bautista, Jr.
The contents of the petition, however, were not revealed since the case falls under the jurisdiction of a family court.
But it was learned from the sala of Judge Bautista that summon has already been sent to Bektas in his address in Istanbul, Turkey informing him of the petition filed against him.
It was also learned that the court would still determine if the case is under its jurisdiction or whether it is not dismissible before it would schedule a hearing.
The estranged couple got married in The Fort, Taguig on March 25, 2003. They had two daughters ages Lorin, 5 and Venice 4.
But on May 8, 2007, the couple announced their mutual decision to end their four-year marriage. Ruffa returned to the country with her two daughters on tow.Several reports disclosed that the actress is already ready to file an annulment of their marriage but up to this time, no petition for annulment has yet been filed.