Friday, April 26, 2013

Barretto Family Feud

One of the Barretto siblings, Gia sent a letter regarding their Family's battle with Gretchen.

"I respect that you do not want to be part of our family. At this point, we welcome it. Not at any point do I ever recall us forcing you to be part of us, but we have never also alienated you during the times when you wanted to be with us. Even during the times when you battled with one of us. I say us because you have time and time again made extreme efforts to push us — mom, dad and all of us — away," 
"You have hurt us in ways that put the word decency to shame, you have had no rules when you attacked us. If the attack were physical, then it would be bearable. Bruises heal. But the attack has always been vicious, below the belt and so evil that the wound borne from it cannot heal. It is done repeatedly and unsparingly with permanent damage in mind. You have tried to put mom and dad to shame with empty allegations without thinking that you, whether you like it or not, came from them. You ridicule them in front of friends, strangers and us. And, you expect us to just take it,"  
"Your claims of financial support for this family have no basis, because dad always managed to provide. For the record, we may not have been so rich but we were never poor. 1. We live in big beautiful houses. 2. Slept in carpeted, air-conditioned rooms. 3. Food galore. 4. Put in an exclusive school. 5. Members of exclusive country clubs. 6. We each have our own yayas, yours even a midwife. 7. Driven by chauffeurs,"  
"Long before you were born and even after you were in show business. At 12 years old, could you have duplicated or taken over this kind of [life]style, with your meager earnings? We did not have an excess of things but we had what we needed. You were never forced to get into show business. I remember very clearly how you ran to the middle of the road when dad said 'no' to you entering show business. He believed that school was important. How sad that you cannot distinguish the lies that you make up and reality." 
"No, Gretchen, it was not you who helped us during rough spots. It was Claudine. You could not, in the life of you, convince her that our parents were abusive ones. It was difficult for you to accept that there was somebody who actually had pure intentions of helping where help was needed. You once told me and I quote, 'I just disappear when things get tough.' You have become great at these disappearing acts. Claudine made an effort to be there always. Just a few corrections: Claudine paid for my med at UBC just as she paid for a lot of our nieces' and nephews' education. She gave them (our nieces and nephews), iPads, iPhones, concert tickets, clothes and so much more. She spoiled all of us not because she needed to but she wanted to. She unlike you, has never equated her value with money or material possessions." 
"JJ's  comments on TV are only credible in as far as he is caught between a rock and a hard place, because he is in your employ. It honestly pains me to see that you could put him in this situation. To pick between that and his parents." 
"I echo mom’s words, 'Stop it.' We get it. We know you don’t want us so please hear us now... 'We do not want you, too.' Please stop hounding us like an attack dog. We will admit defeat if you just leave us in peace. Just totally disappear from our lives without leaving a trail of vile and misery. Please. Enough is enough! Leave us alone. Leave my family alone,"
Boston, Mass., USA
Sent from my iPhone 

Just a few days ago, Mommy Inday Barretto issued an official public statement, addressed to Gretchen dated April 22, 2013. Here it goes:

April 22, 2013. 
You are a liar, Gretchen. 
Many of your preys will attest to that soon. That is the style that you use when you want to play with other people’s lives! 
To correct your lies… 
You claim Claudine said, “She will block Julia’s entry to Star Magic.”  Who did Claudine say it to… you? Or did you just make this up to put Claudine in trouble with Star Magic and make Julia’s big following angry with Claudine? You did that before. Besides, Julia is very much “in” at Star Magic now. 
That Claudine said she is the only Teleserye Princess of ABS-CBN and will remain one ‘till eternity. Hah? Did she tell you that or did you make it up again to block her entry to an ABS-CBN project? 
First of all, Claudine was not a Teleserye Princess. She was ABS-CBN Teleserye Queen during her time, just like you were ST Queen during yours. 
And, hello, showbiz holds no franchise to eternity. 
Owners and big bosses go to hell, too, or to heaven in time! 
That Claudine will ruin Julia’s career? Why would she? Next to Marjorie, “No one can love those (Marjorie’s) children more than Claudine!!!” 
There is a track record to that. At hindi isang kagaya mo lang ang maka-manipulate niyan.
Huwag mo naman gawing tanga ‘yung mga tao, Gretchen. They and we all know that “Claudine holds no power over the industry!” 
Who do you think Claudine is — the Evil Queen of Bhutan? 
Raymart left home? Yes, it is true. 
For a cooling off period? — Sana. 
But if God wills it to be permanent, huwag naman sana. But still, our life is not in our hands! So, Gretchen, do you also want to include God in your “bashing” and drip your perfumed saliva for the misfortune of your sister? 
Claudine has violent ways? Ay, talaga? Correct! 
Nagbabasag ng plato at tasa ‘yan; buti na lang plastic, hindi ‘yung regalo ni Pres. Erap sa wedding. 
I saw Claudine nagbato ng sapatos, natamaan ang pusa! Nabasa ‘yung shoes. 
I also witnessed you, Gretchen, ah! When you were throwing expensive plates and vases at that time I was called to go to your place because nagwawala ka and you were threatening to swallow pills. 
Muntik pa nga akong matamaan kaya I ran out of the house to the car on a Typhoon Signal No. 3, soaking wet. Pinalayas ako! 
Yes, Claudine’s career slowed down but her talent did not! 
What she holds on “record” for achievement, is “not gone” for how can you lose what you already have in your hand and kept in people’s mind? She doesn’t have to prove anything.
Julia and others will fare on their own — never dependent on anyone, comparable to none. They each have a gift from God! Oh yes, Julia is terrific, another good one coming. You are insecure if you believe anyone can block that! For the record, that (your insecurity) can be supported by a well-known doctor. 
Claudine has no “mental illness”…“mental torture,” yes, courtesy of an evil manipulation!
Some of these incidents will support it. 
You attack Claudine with verbal abuse by phone and text messages, like these: 
Sabina — negra daughter of yours
Santino — abnoy
Raymart — bakla for not siding with you. (Note: Sabina and Santino are Claudine and husband Raymart Santiago’s children. — RFL) 
You told Claudine that she has no more career to go back to. Bakit, si Malou Santos ka ba, si Vic del Rosario ka ba? 
Ipadadampot — for what? (Planted or framed up.) There are bashers — 10, 15 or more, when one is popular — and still you would still like to accuse your sister as the culprit!
Do not call Claudine evil! 
Do not start giving away that title that belongs to you and you alone, now that it’s burning your palm and scarring your beautiful face. 
Some basher called Julia “maarte” and you blow your top! 
You call Claudine evil, prepare to attack her and you want me to be “angelic?” 
Ang dali-dali n’yo lang manakit ng tao. Power drunk! Pero pag kayo na, konting pitik gusto n’yo na magpakulong. 
I am taking this fight — now in front of the battle. 
I am going to take all the bullets you shoot. 
Watch and beware it will ricochet kapagka ina na ang binaril. 
Stop, please stop. Stop it na, ha! Stop it naaaaa!!! 
For the longest time now and all these years you did nothing but make it your favorite pastime to play with the lives of my family, the family you are ashamed to own, in spite of the fact that I brought you all up well, humble and human! 
You have attacked, accused, maligned and tried to destroy each and everyone of us in the eyes of society, starting from your father, I your mother, and each and everyone of your siblings including their partners! 
People ask and some who do not know any better, might believe that maybe we’re cruel parents, neglectful and remiss in our duties to you! Only, you, alone? Because no one else is complaining about their childhood! 
How easy for me to have explained my side, but how can a mother defend herself without destroying a child of hers no matter that she is EVIL? 
Most importantly, I could not in all conscience correct the bad “impression” (image) you gave us. The truth is: This impression is the “Deceptive Device” you used to hook your man and landed you on the moon shining bright like a diamond! 
I kept mum not wanting to rock your world but you are wrecking ours! 
Gretchen, I am not a wimp, never been one, but lahat may “hangganan.” I have protected you all these years without exposing to the world the real you. But you have pushed many of us to the wall. There’s no other way but for us to defend our names! I have always loved you as one of my own, and always will, but love of my family belongs to the heart and not in the garbage can! 
I am letting go of a child now who never wanted me in order to save one who has always been there for all, and with all of her love…Claudine! — INDAY BARRETTO

On the side of Gretchen Barretto, there is her brother Joaquin Barretto who has given his statement.

The letter of our mother which was published earlier today was shocking and hurtful. But what bothers me most is that while she attacks my sister, Gretchen, and pictures her as evil personified, she seems to have forgotten the truth.

"Mom, as you have gone out of [your] way to answer the issues that Claudine ought to answer for herself, maybe it is high time to reflect on things and address these concerns as well.

"You have lifted Claudine on a pedestal as the teleserye queen and labelled Gretchen nothing but an ST queen.

"But who took over the role of her parents, worked at the age of 12 and gave up her education to put her siblings to school?

"Who put food on the table, paid for the rent, electricity and hospital bills when dad suffered from his heart condition at least two times?

"Did you ever once stop her from doing all that because you loved her and wanted to protect her just like what you are now doing for Claudine?

"We all know the truth about Claudine's condition.

"Gretchen never threatened about having her' 'padampot.' Whatever for?

"May I remind you that it was you and dad who had her put in a hospital because you wanted to save her from destroying herself.

"Yes, Claudine is going through rough times. Again.

"And if you truly love her, then you should take concrete steps to save her rather than hitting Gretchen simply because she is standing up to Claudine.

"You claimed that Gretchen has been calling Claudine's children names to her face.

"But how is that ever possible when Gretchen had long stopped taking Claudine's calls?

"Hasn't Claudine changed her mobile number many times while still owning many prepaid sim cards as well?"

"On the contrary, it was Claudine who repeatedly said she was going to make an expose.

"On what? We were clueless until bashing began on Instagram, which was why Gretchen came to the rescue of Julia.

"If there is anyone who cared more for her niece, we all know it is Gretchen, as she has proven when she chose to protect me and my siblings for a long, long time.

"This explains exactly why, as you said, we never complained about our childhood.

“Please put a stop to this before our family totally falls apart while there is still something to save."

With all these, this is what Claudine Barretto had to say,

Haharapin ko at sasagutin ko ang lahat ng mga iyan sa  tamang oras. 
"I am praying for more strength dahil kailangan ko ring protektahan ang mga anak ko lalo na sa pinagdadanan namin ngayon. 
"Marami pong salamat sa lahat po ng dasal, suporta at pagmamahal." 

These are family matter and it sadden me that people in and out of showbiz are feasting on it. I had to put here what the family members are saying for the sake of clarity. Since they ARE already public we might as well understand what they are going through and what they had to say.

I didn't know these people personally, but I hope they get to fix their feud. Family will forever remain family.

Whoever is saying the truth, it will always come out. It always does.


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