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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 18, 2019


THE NEWS ABOUT the Barretto sisters fighting right in the wake of their own father is exactly the type of fodder readers of gossip columns feast on. They feel horrified that such a thing happened at a time when everyone should all be grieving together as a family. Of course, readers eagerly await the latest developments in the incident.

First, it was reported that Gretchen and Marjorie Barretto engaged in a hair pulling accident. It so happened that Pres. Duterte was there and he tried to act as referee between them. One report said “Natadyakan tuloy siya ng isa sa magkapatid.”

Another report said it’s not Marjorie who had an altercation with Gretchen but a niece of hers, the daughter of another sibling who had an affair with someone who also had a relationship with Gretchen once.

But Gretchen herself is quoted that everything went well at the start, she even hugged her mom with whom she has had a strained relationship for years now. She said things went went wrong when Marjorie had a nervous breakdown when Duterte asked them to shake hands for the sake of their dad but Marjorie resisted as she’s not even happy that Gretchen was there to reunite with their family.

In the ensuing melee, it’s said that Duterte was accidentally kicked by one of the violent sisters. But someone from his camp says it’s not him but it was another girl who was hit by the flying kick. It’s said Duterte was miffed when Julia Barretto quipped that why is he there when their family doesn’t even like him. So Duterte left on board his motorcycle and that’s when he figured in an accident when his bike went “semplang”.

Meantime, Claudine who also tried to be a referee, is shown ending up in a hospital because of her bruises on her arms and she also has to be calmed down after the harrowing episode in their family. Later on, she posted a cryptic message in her social media account: “Are you proud of who you have become? I hope not!” To who she is addressing to is not clear and your guess is as good as ours.

The latest development is that Marjorie posted her own version of what happened during the wake. She says her sisters are lying about what really transpired asnd deliberately left out an important detail that caused all the pain in their family. She said she will reveal the truth later on, but as of now, please let her family grieve.

She will later divulge the truth and nothing but the truth, even if she is scared of her and her children’s life because the boyfriend of her sister is “very powerful in a bad way” and she’s not referring to Tonyboy Cojuangco. Well, as they say, the plot thickens.

Meantime, holier than thou people are having a high time making their own comments maligning the Barrettos for acting like “palengkeras” in the continuing shame and scandal in their family. Akala mo, ang lilinis nila!

How hypocritical when they’re actually the reasons why publications actually favor negative stories about celebrities. They just enjoy reading dirt: about actresses who get pregnant out of wedlock, about celebrity marriages ending in separation, and about celebrity family members warring with each other, like the Barrettos.

This is because reading about celebs who err remind us that they are all mere mortals like us who have feet of clay. Also, it’s a way of escaping from their own humdrum lives that are boring and unexciting, so they all secretly wish the Barrettos to “away pa more”. Seriously, though, we wish that Gretchen and Marjorie would be able to iron out all their differences before it gets even more out of hand and embarrass them all the more.