A somewhat distasteful case was heard recently in the High Court, concerning a high profile Philippine figure and two women in his life.
The argument began when Congressman Arroyo, who was domiciled in the Philippines, was visiting London, where he was seeking medical treatment for an illness.
Unfortunately, the gentleman died during his stay in London. At that time, his marriage to his second wife, which had broken down, had still to be annulled, despite the long term relationship he had enjoyed with another woman.
Luckily, both women were in agreement that the wishes for his funeral, which he had detailed in his Will, should be carried out. However, neither could agree with the other, whether to hold the wake at his recent family home, or his original matrimonial home which he had shared with his wife – therefore assuming that his partner would be unable to attend.
After holding several hearings, the High Court Chancery Division decided that, in the absence of the deceased’s estranged wife, his partner should be considered next of kin and she won the case.