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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.

Aug 25, 2013

Claudine Barretto Waging A War Against The Whole Santiago Family

CLAUDINE BARRETTO is in full combat mode when she faced some writers to talk about her war with ex-husband Raymart Santiago. This time, she’s not just fighting Raymart but the entire Santiago Family, who she said is bullying her. These are her fighting words:

“Ang pinagkaiba ng baho ng mga Barretto sa baho ng mga Santiago, yung sa amin, naaamoy. ‘Yung sa kanila, pag lumabas, ikakasira talaga nila. Hindi na ako papayag. Nabastos na ako noon. Huwag nila akong babastusin. Like what I’ve said, do not mess with my kids. Do not mess with my children. Huwag ninyong gawin sa akin ‘yung ginawa ninyo kay Sherilyn Reyes at kay Paoie. Galit na galit ako manginig na siya (Raymart).”

Sherilyn used to be married to Jun Santiago, elder brother of Raymart and Paoie is their son. When asked about this, Sherilyn, now married to cager Chris Tan, refused to make any comment, wondering why her name was even dragged into the issue.

Raymart’s lawyer, Atty. Ruth Castelo, says they’re ready for whatever accusations Claudine has against Raymart, who refuses to make any comment since they have a gag order. They’re just wondering why Claudine was allowed by her lawyer to call for her own presscon when the gag order prevents them to talk.

This is Raymart’s lawyer’s statement: “Raymart is ready to face whatever charges will be hurled against him and we have all the evidence to prove that they are mere fabrications of lies. His only interest is the welfare of their children Sabina and Santino and we hope that the courts can resolve this issue the soonest for the sake of the children. Claudine has long announced that she’s filing a Violence Against Women and Children case against Raymart but has not filed it. Raymart is ready to face charges anytime. Then it will be up to the court to determine the validity of her claims.”

Claudine might not be aware of it but the sentiment of most netizens is that she should just keep quiet since it’s common knowledge that it’s the Barrettos who are fighting each other as a family, not the Santiagos. Even her supporters think this would be harmful to her if she’s making a comeback since it has very negative implications for her. We heard even advertising agency people are saying this will not be beneficial for her if she wishes to be an endorser anew, unlike her erstwhile rival Judy Ann Santos who has a rosier image in the eyes of the public as a wife and mom. They feel whatever problems she has with Raymart, they should just settle it quietly so the media will not feast on them.