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NULLITY OF MARRIAGE: Lack of Marriage License Due To False Affidavit of Cohabitation

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This petition involves a Declaration of Nullity of Marriage between Petitioner (J) and Respondent (L) on the ground that the marriage was solemnized without a marriage license, anchored on the falsity of the period of five (5) consecutive years of cohabitation stated in the Affidavit of cohabitation.
FACTUAL SCENARIO:

J, is a cameraman for TV shows that air over PTV 4, while L was working as the head writer for the same TV shows. During their initial meeting, Jfound L to be friendly, kind and intelligent, being a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ateneo de Manila University. As and always worked together on the same production, their mutual attraction for each other grew. With constant teasing from M, their Production Manager, and co-workers, Jand L became sweethearts sometime in the latter part of 2001.
Sometime in April 2003, while J ,L and M were having lunch, M told the couple that they should consider about marrying since they were both of age.  J was then almost twenty…