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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Nov 1, 2011

Claudine Barretto and Raymart Santiago should blame themselves

MOST FOLKS do not believe the official statement of Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto that they’ve not split. We know that whatever they’re going through right now is not easy, but they should have been more cautious in handling their own problems. That footage shown on national TV of Claudine complaining about the money in their joint account going missing is certainly very messy. Who else would be the suspect but her husband since only she and Raymart are authorized to withdraw it?

The fact that she went there with her lawyer and the media was called to record it only aggravated the situation. She could have done this in private. In their statement, they deplored “the glare and glee of media speculation that only hurt us and those we love.” But the media wouldn’t have suspected anything if not for Claudine’s scene at the bank, so they should blame themselves first. And also Claudine’s lawyer whose parting shot about what’s happening is “Draw your own conclusions.” That’s exactly what the public is doing now: drawing their own conclusions about what really happened.