Claudine, mom to file case vs Gretchen
MANILA, Philippines – The Barretto feud continues as Claudine and mother Inday plan to press charges against older Barretto sister Gretchen, killing rumors of reconciliation in the near future, reported Pep.ph.
Claudine's legal counsel Ferdinand Topacio confirmed that a discussion is ongoing, but no decision has been made regarding who will file the charges against Gretchen.
Topacio also clarified that rumors saying the sisters may soon make amends are false.
"Ang latest nga na sinabi ko nga e kakasuhan si Gretchen," he told Pep.ph. "Paano magkaayus-ayos e magpa-file nga?" (The latest I said was that a case is going be filed against Gretchen. How will they fix things if a case is to be filed?)
In April 2013, conflict among the Barretto sisters Claudine, Marjorie, and Gretchen ballooned into a public spectacle after their mother released an open letter, defending Claudine and calling Gretchen a liar. Another sibling, Joaquin, joined the conflict, also with an open letter, but in Gretchen's defense.
Claudine was also in a legal battle with husband actor Raymart Santiago, whom she charged with domestic abuse late August.
Soon after, Raymart and Gretchen made revelations about Claudine's drug problems and mental illness.
'Up to the Lord'
Topacio said "there is always room for reconciliation" among the Barretto siblings, but this will be in due time. Claudine's lawyer said he prays for an end to the conflict, but they are not hinting towards a reunion soon.
"Hindi. Tinatanong nila ako kung may possibilities. Meron, but that’s up to the Lord. Ang laging pinapanalangin ko nga, na sana ay maayos ang problemang ito," he told Pep.ph. (No. They are asking me if there is a possibility. There is, but that's up to the Lord. I am always praying for this problem to be fixed.)
"Hindi ko sinasabing gusto na naming makipag-ayos, ha. Wala kaming sinasabing ganun." (I am not saying we want to reconcile. We did not say anything like that)
He said that the apology would not come from Claudine because she has no fault in the situation. – Rappler.com