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Chavit blames ex-partners for messy breakups

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“It is not me, it’s them.”

A reverse of a famous breakup cliché is how former Ilocos Sur governor Luis “Chavit” Singson described his string of failed relationships.

In a recent interview aired over “Bawal ang Pasaway”, Singson, who had several controversial affairs, said he would not have left his partners if they had become loyal to him.

“Definitely, hindi ko sila hihiwalayan kung wala silang kasalanan,” he told anchor Solita Monsod when asked who’s to blame for all his breakups.

Singson first married Evelyn, with whom he has seven children. They eventually separated.

The political kingpin then had an affair with Rachel Tiongson, who became his common-law wife for 17 years.

His relationship with Tiongson was the most controversial as Singson was charged by his wife with physical abuse for beating her when he caught her with her boyfriend in 2009.

Singson assaulted his wife using a whip he kept for taming his pet tigers. He also mauled Tiongson’s lover who did not press charges against him.

“Kasalanan nila,” Singson said when asked why his wife’s boyfriend did not bother to file charges against him.

“Mabait nga ako yung ibang tao nga pinapapatay,” he added.

Prior to the mauling incident, Tiongson said she has long been separated from Singson because she caught him having an affair with other women.

In 2012, Singson introduced 27-year-old Josephine Pintor to the public via a television show. He allegedly met Pintor when she was only 14.

Singson said he already broke up with Pintor because of her alleged drug addiction.

“Noong nahuli ko na siya na nagdu-drugs [naghiwalay kami]. Ayoko ngang maniwala noong [una],” he said.