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As reported in the Daily Mail:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/arti...in_page_id=1811

British man facing seven years in Filipino jail for adultery goes into hiding

A British man was hiding on a tropical island last night to avoid being jailed for adultery.

David Scott and his Filipina partner Cynthia Villamor are being hunted by authorities in her home country.

Police say Miss Villamor became pregnant with Mr Scott\'s child before she officially separated from her ex-husband.

Adultery is illegal in the Philippines, where it incurs a jail sentence of at least seven years.

The couple have already spent several days in a rat-infested prison cell but were released on a technicality.

Mr Scott, 35, who met Miss Villamor on the internet, was advised to return to the UK - but refused to leave without her.

Police are thought to be trying to track the couple down to press charges against Mr Scott.

They say they fell in love when he flew over to meet her last year.

Miss Villamor later discovered she was pregnant, and Mr Scott, a plasterer, returned to prepare for the birth next month.

His partner\'s divorce is not yet finalised. And it is believed her estranged husband Noriel Delfino informed the authorities when he discovered she was pregnant.

Last weekend police officers stormed into Miss Villamor\'s parents\' house in the capital, Manila, and arrested the couple.

They were held in a police cell, but then released because of a mix-up over Mr Scott\'s name.

Last night he said he was determined to remain with his girlfriend until \'this mess\' could be sorted out.

He said officials had recorded his name as John Doe - and so his lawyer was able to argue for the couple\'s release.

But Mr Scott is convinced police will soon be looking for him again. From his hideout in Manila, he said: \"They are trying to get my proper name and will try to arrest me as soon as they do.\"

He said that Miss Villamor had already been charged with adultery and he expected the same to happen to him if he is caught.

\'The solicitor said to me: \"You can leave the country now and it is probably the safest thing to do.\" But if leaving the country means leaving Cynthia and my unborn baby then I\'m not going anywhere.

\"At the moment we are in hiding. I\'m just hoping the embassy or someone can help us out. I just want to bring my family back to England.

\"The one thing on my mind and keeping me going is making sure Cynthia and the baby are safe.\"

He added: \"We are in love and she has been separated from her husband for three years.\"

Mr Scott, from Swindon, met his partner, a supervisor at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Manila, in an online chatroom in the summer of 2006. Her marriage had collapsed the year before.

Last February he travelled to the South-East Asian island to stay with her for two months.

He discovered in June that she was pregnant with his daughter, and returned in October.

But their dream of happiness was soon shattered.

Police have told the couple they are each facing at least seven years in jail.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: \"We are aware of the arrest of David Scott and consulate officials have visited him and are providing assistance.

\"It seems he was out there with his pregnant Filipina girlfriend but she is still married and under Filipino law that is deemed a crime.

\"I don\'t know the legal term for the charges but it is certainly something to do with adultery.\"

Evan:
Yeah,right, let me know if you know any filipino man went to jail for adultery. Let me know if you know any Filipino  man who paid a single pesos for child support to every woman he left pregnant. The foreigner will get seven years for being responsible, want to take care for the mother and baby, AND the Filipina will pay the price because she slept with the foreigner while still married. If the lover was a Filipino no one will care.   

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--- Quote from: Evan on February 21, 2008, 02:53:30 AM ---Yeah,right, let me know if you know any filipino man went to jail for adultery. Let me know if you know any Filipino  man who paid a single pesos for child support to every woman he left pregnant. The foreigner will get seven years for being responsible, want to take care for the mother and baby, AND the Filipina will pay the price because she slept with the foreigner while still married. If the lover was a Filipino no one will care.   

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I\'m letting you know that two men from my community are sitting in prison today for being caught by their wives with their mistresses.  It certainly happens and the Brit will get what he deserves.  If he can dance maybe he\'ll become a star on youtube: 
http://youtube.com/watch?v=hMnk7lh9M3o Small | Large

Evan:
Ron, I\'m really deploring your cruelty and ill conservatism. Either you are good for recycling  or you should  review your education when it comes to human rights in general. This Briton is not a criminal or a pedophile to direct the viewers to this utube clip. Her marriage was broken, and even if it wasn\'t, no one should go 7 years in jail for being in love. You still didn\'t answer to my second question about payment of child support! I\'m sure you also know only two in your community because the remaining 98 are living just next to yours. Not far from mine!...

tommyc:
Coming from western societies where adultery is not treated as a criminal offense this seems disturbing.  However, if it is the law in the Philippines then this should be taken as a warning to anyone that is seeking a relationship with someone that is \"separated.\"  As divorce is not recognized and the only option is annulment, I do not believe there is such a thing as legal separation, etc.  My only fear would be that if someone was not totally forthcoming I could see a situation where someone is in an adulterous relationship without knowing so and could potentially suffer the same consequences. 

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