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Walang forever! Bistek’s sis splits from Romnick Sarmenta after 19 years of marriage

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Celebrity couple Romnick Sarmenta and Harlene Bautista have called it quits after 19 years of marriage.

The couple did not give the reason for their separation but appealed for privacy in a statement they sent to the entertainment press on Friday.

“With the greatest respect and mutual love, wanting nothing but happiness for each other we have decided to part ways. We would like to appeal for privacy, for our children and for each other as well,” they said.

The couple, who met and fell in love on the set of the hit 80’s show, “That’s Entertainment,” said they decided to confirm their separation because they are public figures. Aside from being an actress, Bautista is the sister of Quezon City Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista.

We both decided that it would be best to issue a statement, in an intention to let this be the first and last time that we talk about it. Neither he nor I wish to speak at length about the matter, seeing as to how we had been able to keep the fact for as long as we have,” they said.

The couple appealed to the public not to speculate anymore on the cause of their separation for the sake of their five children.

Sarmenta and Bautista were married thrice: First, in 1999 in a civil ceremony; in 2000 in a church, and in 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada.