Page last updated at 14:12 GMT, Tuesday, 8 July 2008 15:12 UK

'Adulterous' couple on the run

David Scott with girlfriend Cynthia and baby Janina
David Scott with his partner and baby daughter have fled the Philippines

A Wiltshire man has gone on the run in Thailand after being sentenced to jail in the Philippines for breaking the country's strict adultery laws.

David Scott, who fled to Thailand with his Filipina partner Cynthia Delfino, was facing a nine year prison sentence.

Cynthia Delfino had separated from her husband when she met David Scott and they now have a baby daughter, Janina.

South Swindon MP, Anne Snelgrove, said he had grounds for a compassionate case and is helping him to get visas.

Under Philippine law it is illegal to have a relationship with a married man or woman, even if they are separated.

'Fell in love'

Anne Snelgrove, Labour MP for Swindon said: "This is a young couple who met after Cynthia's marriage had collapsed.

"I don't think she'd had any contact with her ex-husband for some time. They fell in love and they've had a baby together.

"I think they deserve the chance to be a family together in this country."

David Scott, speaking to the BBC from Thailand, said: "There's nothing I wouldn't do to keep these two. In one word - love - the love that I've got for Cynthia, the love I've got for my daughter - I couldn't do without it."

David Scott's mother, Ann Scott, speaking from her home in Swindon said: "Well last week they told him which visa to put in for Cynthia, it's a citizen visa and we've done that.

"He's got all the forms and responses. He's done everything.

"The last year and a half has been really bad for me as well because I lost my husband.

"Then I felt as if I'd lost David for good. I just want to help them."

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