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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.

Oct 6, 2013

Gretchen Barretto Reveals Details About Sister Claudine's Drug Addiction And Rehab In Thailand

A LOT OF people we’ve talked say they’re sick and tired of the war between Claudine Barretto and Raymart Santiago and between the members of the Barretto family. “Nakakasawa na at nakakapagod na ang mga tiryahan nila at palitan ng mga demanda, kasama pa pati parents ni Gretchen,” says one friend who’s a college professor. “They’re setting a bad example to everyone and they obviously don’t think of the consequences of their actions sa anak nila. Mukhang malayo pa bago sila magkaroon ng anumang closure pero sana manahimik na lang sila, o kung tuloy man ang away nila, do it quietly na lang at wag nang magpa-presscon pa.”

Most people also believe that between the two, “si Claudine ang sirang-sira. Everything she’s doing will take its toll on her physically, mentally and emotionally. Hindi naman makakatulong yan sa career niya at baka nga hindi na siya makakabawi pa. Si Raymart, may career pa rin as he does father roles now. Malayong-malayo na kay Claudine ang karibal niyang si Judy Ann Santos na maganda ang recording as wife and mother kaya marami pa ring endorsements at may career pa rin.”

And it looks like the presscon called by Claudine Barretto to further vilify Raymart Santiago backfired on her. Her two sisters are now spilling more bombastic secrets about her.

First, Marjorie wrote: "Hurtful! You are the youngest in this family but you treat us all so disrespectfully. From the eldest to the youngest, you have never respected us. Enough is enough. I have kept my peace all these time. But this is too much. You have hurt me enough to last a lifetime. You can fool the world and make them believe that we are bad sisters. But you little girl... You cannot fool God. In time... We will be vindicated. I am removing all power you have on me to hurt me... I'm tired of your blackmails. You have caused me many many sleepless nights and I have cried too many tears for you. You Little girl... You can not hurt or harm me again. Never again. This is the last time I will cry over you. God is watching.”

Gretchen wrote: “I would like to remind my father that in January 2011, he pretended to have suffered a heart attack and confined himself in Medical City and got my sister-in-law, Connie, to call Claudine at 2:00 a.m., so she could go to the hospital. However that was just a ploy to get Claudine confined at the basement for her severe drug abuse and mental condition. My brother, Mito and his wife Connie, their son John, Marjorie and my parents planned and witnessed the confinement. The following month, Claudine’s treatment for drug abuse was continued in a private clinic in Chana, Thailand. After arriving back in the country, she had counseling with Mr. Dondi Ayuyao. Again, I would like to remind my father of a family meeting that he called Connie, JJ, Marjorie, John and myself to a­ttend at 3:00 p.m. on December 21, 2012 at Da-Ude Tea Place at The Fort. He said that he had just come from a mee­ting that morning with Ms. Eos Capistrano, a counselor from White Plains who said Claudine nee­ded to be confined at the basement 12-18 months minimum. And that it was a choice of confining her at the basement or seeing her in the morgue at the rate she’s going.”

As for Raymart, he said to Claudine’s parents: “Mommy, Daddy, alam ninyo kung ano ang totoo. Alam ninyo kung anong pinag-usapan natin noon at sana, paninindigan ninyo ‘yun.

“Huwag na nilang kunsintihin. Ipagamot na nila agad dahil kailangan na kailangan na.”

As for Claudine and her lawyer, his very sensible and rational words are: “Sana, tumigil na sila ng kalalabas nang hindi totoo. Ayoko talaga magsalita pero sila ang panay ang pagpapa-presscon so sumasagot lang ako. Huwag na nila akong i-provoke ulit dahil gusto ko sana, sa korte na lang ilabas lahat. Marami pa akong matinding ebidensya na puwedeng ilabas ngayon pero hayaan na lang natin si Judge ang makakita nito. Huwag sana sa public. Uulitin ko, walang panalo sa atin dito. Sa korte na lang natin dalhin ang mga ebidensya natin. Inaalala ko rin ang mga bata. At sana, huwag mo na silang idamay. Tayong dalawa ang may problema, hindi sila.”