MANILA, Philippines – Randy Santiago has a lot of good things to say about his youngest brother Raymart, whose estranged wife, Claudine Barretto, has accused him of being an “abusive” husband and father to his family.
The Santiago family would rather not meddle in this marital crisis, yet love, family ties, and duty have prompted them to protect Raymart.
“As much as possible, ayokong makialam,” says Randy Santiago. (As much as possible, I don’t want to interfere.)
“Away nilang mag-asawa ‘yan.” (That’s their business.) “Pero it’s getting too personal. Imbes na ayusin nila na sila-sila lang, bakit kailangan pa ng lawyers at magpa-cover pa sa media?” (Instead of having this matter settled privately, why the lawyers and the media?)
“It’s so unfair [for] Raymart. He has kept quiet in all that has been happening. He deserves the protection he needs from his own family who knows him more than anybody.”
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Randy is also shocked at the “lies” Claudine has been spreading.
“I know for a fact that Raymart is not the type na nananakit. Di niya kayang gawin ‘yun.” (He’s not the type who’d hurt people. That’s not his thing.)
“Raymart will only defend but will not attack anybody na walang dahilan (without a reason).”
“Yung nangyari sa kanila with Mon Tulfo, he was defending Claudine dahil binastos siya nung tao. Ngayon, they are using that para ma-prove lang na kayang manakit ang kapatid ko? Mali iyon eh.” (What happened between them and Mon Tulfo was, he [Raymart] was defending Claudine because of the guy’s impudence. Now, they are using that to prove that my brother is capable of violence? That’s wrong.)
Randy was referring to the journalist’s altercation with the celebrity couple at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in May last year, which led to Tulfo being mauled after he was video-recording Claudine Barretto, apparently creating a scene with airport personnel over her delayed luggage.
Regarding the accusations against Raymart this time, Randy said he “can’t believe na manggagaling pa ‘yan sa taong minahal niya ng matagal (that this would all come from somebody whom Raymart loved for so long).
“I am so disappointed at Claudine.”
According to Randy, the family has been taking care of Raymart since he moved out of his marital home with Claudine last May.
“He sometimes lives with me. Sometimes [with] Rowell [Santiago] or sa mommy namin [with our mother]. Raymart needs to be with the people who will protect him from all these ridiculous lies.”
This controversy comes at the time when Randy is about to promote his directorial debut with the comedy film “Raketeros,” under Heaven’s Best Entertainment and released by Star Cinema.
“Imbes nga naman na ang mga artista ng ‘Raketeros’ ang ma-interview, ako tuloy ang naging focus!” he laughs. (Instead of the stars of “Raketeros” being interviewed, I am now the focus.)
“Raketeros” stars Ogie Alcasid, Andrew E., Dennis Padilla, and “Bagets” star and incumbent Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, who marks his return to acting after a long and still continuing track record in public office.
Randy, who is known for his OPM hits “Hindi Magbabago” and “Babaero,” started as an assistant director for his dad, the late film director Pablo Santiago. They worked together in the ’80s action-comedy “Ninja Kids.”
He then went on to direct TV shows such as the ’90s GMA noontime program “Lunch Date” and the sitcoms “Aalog-Alog” and “Parekoy” for ABS-CBN. – Rappler.com
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