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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.

Dec 21, 2013

Gretchen Barretto's Shocking Revelation When She Testified For Raymart Santiago

CLAUDINE BARRETTO was a no show at the hearing of the protection order case she filed against Raymart Santiago at the Marikina Trial Court a few days ago. Instead, her sister Gretchen was there, but not to testify FOR her, but AGAINST her. In contrast, Raymart was there with all his brothers to show that they are solid as a family, not fractured or dysfunctional.

In the eyes of the public, this is definitely a plus point for Raymart and strike one against Claudine. And in all fairness to the Santiago brothers, they all refused to be interviewed after the hearing by the media. It’s Gretchen who agreed to be interviewed on cam for about 15 minutes, as shown in “Startalk” yesterday, and the shocker from her is the revelation that their own father threatened to kill her if she’s go on and testify. She said: “Our dad told my brother and my nephew that if they’d learn na we and my brother JJ testified, he will kill us, he will shoot us.”

Gretchen said testifying in court is not easy for her but she’s doing it only because she really cares for Claudine. “I love her with all my heart. Kung hindi ko siya mahal, wala ako rito. Hindi ko ipaglalaban na ito ‘yung tama. Ayokong magising siya, napakarsel niya ang asawa niyang nagmahal sa kanya for a very long time and took care of her and he was a very good husband to her. I know that for sure because close kami ni Claudine. Yun ang parati niyang kinukuwento sa akin nu’ng lumabas siya sa rehab nu’ng February 2011. It was very emotional for me, siyempre babalikan mo lahat ang mga nightmare sa buhay namin, pero kinakailangan mong gawin. I’m hoping that later on, when Claudine is in a better state, she will be thankful and grateful.”