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The Barretto Scandal: Which side are you on?
« on: April 26, 2013, 07:59:42 AM »
The Barretto scandal: Whose side are you on?

    Published : Friday, April 26, 2013 00:00
    Written by : Eugene E. Asis

THE rift among the Barrettos—now in two factions: matriarch Inday, or Estrella, patriarch Miguel and Claudine against sisters Gretchen, Marjorie and brother Jay-Jay—is getting deeper.

PEP had an exclusive interview with Jay-Jay, who is older than the rest of the brood, and to most readers, the more believable among them.

First of all, Jay-Jay isn’t an actor who needs publicity. He agreed to do the interview simply to clarify things, and maybe, put an end to the chaos.

Jay-Jay said in the interview with PEP editor-in-chief, Joanne Maglipon, that Gretchen has been working for the family since she was 12.

Ever since, he claimed that it was mom Inday who handled Gretchen’s finances, and they were given a meager allowance, including Gretchen who was working for it.

The rift between mom Inday and Gretchen started when the latter “settled down” with Tonyboy Cojuangco. Claudine at the same time became closer to the mom, and Jay-Jay averred that the former had made the latter believe that she has no problem with “her health” and she doesn’t need any help.

Still, in Ricky Lo’s column, mom Inday admitted that indeed, Claudine’s husband, Raymart Santiago has left their conjugal home.If indeed there was no problem, how could this "cool-off period" occur?

In defense of Claudine, mom Inday even pushed herself to the edge by disowning Gretchen. Aside from other things, Jay-Jay believes that Claudine’s failed effort to return to ABS-CBN and the entry of her niece, Julia, to the Star Magic fold where Claudine once reigned, has made things harder for the latter.

The stunning Julia, they believe, will easily take Claudine’s place in the network, considering that Claudine isn’t getting any younger, and she has yet to settle differences with the network’s management, specifically with Star Magic honcho, Johnny Manahan.

How this will end is anybody’s ballgame. Kris Aquino on her show, Kris TV,  has somehow shared her mind on the issue, and at some point, ‘questioned’ how a religious person like Gretchen (who she said says the rosary two to three times a day) could despise her parents.

Maybe, what she was trying to say is they could take a  lesson  or two  on how to keep amity within the family from the Gonzagas, or the Geronimos.

But since the feud is still raging, we Filipino fans love to take a piece of the cake. So, whose side are you on now? 

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Re: The Barretto Scandal: Which side are you on?
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2013, 08:01:23 AM »
Greta’s Instagram now private

    Published : Friday, April 26, 2013 00:00
    Written by : Nitz Miralles

Nagkampihan na ang mga Barretto dahil kung si Mrs. Inday Barretto ay kumampi kay Claudine, si Joaquin Barretto ay kumampi naman sa kapatid na si Gretchen.  Sumulat ito sa ABS-CBN at kinontra ang mga sinabi ng inang si Inday.

Binanggit ni Joaquin na at 12 years old, tumigil si Gretchen sa pag-aaral para suportahan sila at pinag-aral pa sila.

Part ng letter ni Joaquin: “We all know the truth about Claudine’s condition. 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.”

Hindi rin daw puwedeng tawagan ni Gretchen si Claudine dahil hindi sinasagot ng una ang huli at nagpapalit ng mobile number si Claudine at maraming sim cards.

Tinapos ni Joaquin ang sulat sa pakiusap na: “Pls. mom, let us put a stop to this before our family totally falls apart while there is still something to save.”

Samantala, after sumulat kay Ricky Lo, hindi na nagpa-interview si Mrs. Barretto.

Sagot nito sa request na interview ng GMA-7: “Thank you for the offer of an interview. But for the moment until such time when there is a need to tackle an issue only when there is something to ‘fix’ and not to ‘destroy.’”

Reaction naman ni Claudine: “Haharapin ko at sasagutin ko ang lahat ng mga isyu sa tamang oras. Nagdadasal ako ng dagdag na lakas dahil kailangan ko ring protektahan ang mga anak ko sa pinagdadaanan namin. Marami pong salamat sa lahat po ng dasal, suporta at pagmamahal.”

Si Gretchen ay hindi nagpapa-interview at ang Instagram account ay private na, pero ang anak na si Dominique ay nag-tweet ng: “I know my mum more than anyone.”

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Re: The Barretto Scandal: Which side are you on?
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2013, 08:03:11 AM »
Kris admires Gretchen

    Published : Friday, April 26, 2013 00:00
    Written by : Vinia Vivar

Dahil parehong malapit si Kris Aquino kina Gretchen at Claudine Barretto, nagbigay ang TV host-actress ng kuru-kuro at opinyon sa napaka-kontrobersyal na gusot ng pamilya lalo pa nga’t well-loved din naman ng industriya ang magkapatid.

Sa Kris TV, sinabi ni Kris na ang alam niya ay close kay Claudine ang mga pamangkin nito partikular na si Julia, anak nina Marjorie Barretto at Dennis Padilla na ngayon ay Star Magic talent na.

"When we were doing Sukob, although that was way back 2006, noong nagshu-shooting kami at nagpi-pictorial si Julia at si Claudia, sumasama talaga kay Claudine, eh.

“So, parang alam ko na super close sila talaga while those children were growing up,” say ni Kris sa co-host na si John Lapus.

“Ang hirap paniwalaan na ang lahat ng ito ay nagsimula doon sa pangba-bash kay Julia. Parang naa-accuse na nanggagaling kay Claudine.

“Well, of course, ang tagal-tagal na noon pero sa lahat ng nakita ko, mahal na mahal niya ang bata,” dagdag pa ni Kris.

Si Greta naman daw, sey ni Kris, nakatrabaho niya sa isang commercial at ang pagkakakilala niya rito ay madasalin.

“Kaya ako nagtataka kasi Gretchen prays the rosary, every time, talagang two to three times a day, she goes to Baclaran. May devotion. Nagsisimba, parang very solid ang relationship with God.

“Ako naman, feeling ko kung madasalin kang tao, ’yung ina-accuse sa iyo na may sisiraan kang kapatid, hindi bagay doon sa nakita ko, for myself na napakamadasalin ngayon.

“I'm sure since madasalin siya, inu-honor niya ang Ten Commandments. Hindi ba the fourth commandment (Fifth. — IFF) is ‘honor your mother and your father?’” pag-aanalisa pa ni Kris.

Sa gulong nangyayari sa Barretto family, ayon kay Kris, alam niyang napakahirap nito para sa mga miyembro ng pamilya.

"Nakakaawa silang lahat, lalo na the other members of the family who are not involved in the gulo.

“For example, si Daddy Mike. Ano kaya ang nararamdaman niya na lahat ng ito ay naglabasan? If you think also, what prompted the brother (Joaquin) to speak and to make it public? Kasi puwede na lang tumawag siya sa nanay niya na ‘Mom, please stop na.’ Pero the fact na mayroong mga lumabas, hindi natin alam kung ano ang family dynamics nila. Hindi natin alam kung ano talaga ang pinagdadaanan ng pamilya,” say pa ni Kris.

Aminado rin ang TV host-actress na ikinagulat niya ang statement ni Inday Barretto kung saan ay marami itong ni-reveal, tinawag na sinungaling at demonya si Gretchen at itinakwil bilang daughter.

“Nagulat lang talaga ako sa statement ni Mommy Inday kasi sobrang tapang at sobrang madetalye. Siguro, sometimes kasi, hindi mo mahe-help na ’pag nakita mo na may isa kang anak na helpless, you’ll really go to the full extent to try to help that child.

“Pero tayong lahat, medyo nagulat na in helping one child, parang itinakwil na ’yung isang anak,” she said.

Dagdag pa niya, "Late pinanganak si Clau, as in alam ko na her mom was already in her 40s. So, I'm saying na at this point, nasa mid-70s na si Mommy Inday. ’Yung sana sa last year of their lives, eh, ini-enjoy na nila ang pamilya at mga apo. So, ang sad na ang lahat ng ito, nangyari.”

Gayunpaman, hinahangaan daw niya si Gretchen na hindi nag-comment tungkol sa issue.

"Sometimes that's the most prudent thing to do na kung ikaw, you are in a middle of a battle, step back, keep quiet muna and let it die down muna,” say pa ni Kris.

Pero umaasa si Kris na maaayos ang lahat para sa buong pamilya na ngayon ay talagang pinag-uusapan sa buong showbiz.

"It just proved also that we have an endless fascination with Barretto sisters, hindi ba? Not just the sisters, but now, the next generation.

“Siguro ang lahat naman ng bagay ay nagtatapos, so, itong hidwaan na ito, itong gulo nila, we can all pray for them and look forward na sana ay mag-reconcile silang lahat at magtulungan, and if it really started off with Julia, I’m sure they all love Julia and want the best for Julia,” Kris said.

Samantala, as of presstime, maging si Claudine ay wala pa ring pahayag tungkol sa issue at ayon sa GMA News, sinabi umano ng aktres na haharapin niya ang lahat ng ito sa tamang oras.

Medyo napaisip din si Kris kung babalik ng ABS-CBN si Claudine dahil sa statement ni Mommy Inday na baka gawa-gawa lang ni Greta ang lahat para harangan si Claudine sa isang ABS-CBN project.

“So, there is a possibility that Claudine will come back here. Sa statement ito ni Mommy Inday,” say ni Kris.

Idinagdag din ng TV host-actress na one of the most talented actresses natin si Claudine. Sey pa niya, baka naman talagang magbabalik ang aktres sa Kapamilya channel.

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Re: The Barretto Scandal: Which side are you on?
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2013, 12:02:02 AM »
Why Inday Barretto came out with 'truth'

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Posted at 04/27/2013 10:03 PM | Updated as of 04/27/2013 10:21 PM


Claudine and Gretchen Barretto -- Composite image

MANILA, Philippines -- Inday Barretto said going public with the feud among her daughters was to address what had already been said about the brewing controversy, even before any of their family members confirmed the situation.

"The purpose of my coming out is because the feud was out, being talked about and getting uglier," the Barretto matriarch said in a statement exclusively sent to "Showbiz Inside Report."

"While it is a mother's duty to protect a child, it is also her duty to tell them when they are wrong," she said.

The latest feud to rock the Barretto family stemmed partly from comments on the image-sharing service Instagram, supposedly made by Gretchen, saying that her sister Claudine is not happy that their niece, Julia, is starting to make a name for herself in showbiz.

Julia, the second daughter of Marjorie Barretto, was recently introduced as an artist of Star Magic, the ABS-CBN talent management firm that launched Claudine to stardom until her transfer to another network in 2009.

Early this week, in response to reports on the alleged exchange on Instagram, Inday released a statement denying Claudine's supposed plans to "block" Julia's road to stardom.

In the same statement, Inday announced she has disowned Gretchen "in order to save one who has always been there for all, and with all of her love…Claudine."

Subsequent statements made by two other Barretto siblings, Joaquin and Gia, addressed the issue. The latter sided with her mother and youngest sister, while Joaquin sided with Gretchen, saying Claudine's "condition" should be addressed.

"Nevertheless," Inday said in her statement released Saturday, "the truth is all in the hands of God and people can tell the difference, until it sets us free."

"The one real judge though are the participants who know the real score. May God be with them," she said.

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Re: The Barretto Scandal: Which side are you on?
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2013, 12:04:55 AM »
Better times: Barretto sisters 'strong together'

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Posted at 04/27/2013 11:01 PM | Updated as of 04/27/2013 11:19 PM

MANILA – Before the latest controversy to rock the Barrettos, the showbiz clan figured in several other personal feuds that went public.

Over the past decade, sisters Gretchen, Marjorie and Claudine -- who are the youngest siblings of seven, in order -- were estranged at different times due to conflicts within their family.

Notably, Gretchen and Marjorie had a falling out over the former's reported tiff with her sister's husband Dennis Padilla in 2004. Claudine and their mother Inday supposedly sided with Marjorie, leaving Gretchen estranged. All four reconciled after three years.

In 2010, Claudine and Gretchen's earlier feud resurfaced due to issues related to their aborted co-starring stint in a TV series, and what was seen as a competition between them as actresses. The conflict eased a year later, with Claudine releasing a statement on her reconciliation with her older sister.

Early this week, however, what is seen as the worst conflict to hit the Barrettos made headlines, when Inday announced that she has decided to disown Gretchen in favor of Claudine.

These two celebrity Barrettos, a decade earlier, were the most vocal of their close bond as a family.

"Our love for each other I guess is so great. We've always known that we were strong together," Gretchen said in an interview in 2002.

"When you say sisters, or brothers, or family," Claudine added, "the bond has to really be there and intact. Iyon ang pamilya, iyon ang totoong pamilya."

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Re: The Barretto Scandal: Which side are you on?
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2013, 12:10:38 AM »
Claudine 'holding up well' amid controversy

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Posted at 04/27/2013 11:05 PM | Updated as of 04/27/2013 11:20 PM


Claudine Barretto

MANILA, Philippines -- Amid the controversy involving her family members, Claudine Barretto is "holding up well," according to a long-time friend of the actress.

"It's a most difficult time but my friend, Claudine Barretto, is holding up well," Francis Simeon,  a friend of the 33-year-old actress' for 21 years now, said in a statement sent exclusively to "Showbiz Inside Report."

"She is grateful for the love and support of her true friends, her parents, Daddy Mike and Mommy Inday, sister Gia, her loyal Claudinians and her two most precious treasures, Sabina and Santino," said Simeon, who is also a writer for the entertainment magazine StarStudio.

Sabina and Santino are Claudine's children with husband Raymart, who has recently decided to live apart from the actress, according to her mother Inday in a statement released early this week.

Aside from her marital problems, Claudine is currently involved in a feud among her other celebrity sisters, Gretchen and Majorie, who both allegedly accused her of sabotaging the career of showbiz newcomer Julia Barretto.

Julia, the second daughter of Marjorie, was recently introduced as an artist of Star Magic, the ABS-CBN talent management firm that launched Claudine to stardom until her transfer to another network in 2009.

Early this week, in response to reports on the allegations, Inday released a statement denying Claudine's supposed plans to "block" Julia's road to stardom.

In the same statement, Inday announced she has disowned Gretchen "in order to save one who has always been there for all, and with all of her love…Claudine."

Subsequent statements made by two other Barretto siblings, Joaquin and Gia, addressed the issue. The latter sided with her mother and youngest sister, while Joaquin sided with Gretchen, saying Claudine's "condition" should be addressed.

According to Joaquin, Claudine was put in a hospital for a time, as decided by their parents, to address her mental health -- a matter denied by Inday.

In his statement released Saturday, Simeon said that his friend Claudine "draws strength from [her family and friends], and the Lord for standing by her, never forsaking her, believing in her even when the rest of the world thinks otherwise."

He added: "She continues to pray for wisdom and discernment and that things will be well in God's perfect time."

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Re: The Barretto Scandal: Which side are you on?
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2013, 09:03:42 PM »
Charo, ipapahayag kung magbabalik Kapamilya o hindi si Claudine Barretto

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Sa kanya rin namin nalaman na may gagawing pahayag ang kanilang CEO/president si Ms. Charo Santos-Concio tungkol sa napabalitang pagbabalik Kapamilya ng kontrobersiyal na si Claudine Barreto.

“Hintayin na lang natin ang anunsiyo ni Ms. Charo, kasi anuman ang manggagaling sa kanya, eh, `yun ang official statement na dapat nating paniwalaan. Di ba sa kanya rin natin nalaman na hindi babalik sa Dos si Willie (Revillame)?“ sey pa ng kausap namin.

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Re: The Barretto Scandal: Which side are you on?
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2013, 05:46:50 AM »
The fracas within the warring Barretto Family will no doubt leave a bad taste in the mouth. We’re sure someday, they’ll regret all this and wish they acted with more discretion and had better sense to just discuss the issues in private.   But as one writer says: “Parang enjoy naman silang pinagpipistahan sila ng media at ng mga tsismosa.”

Gretchen’s mom Inday Barretto wrote an open letter to Ricky Lo denouncing Greta as a liar.

To quote some parts of the letter: “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. Huwag mo naman gawing tanga ‘yung mga tao, Gretchen. They and we all know that Claudine holds no power over the industry!”

Mrs. Baretto, though, confirmed what Raymart Santiago has been denying, that he and Claudine have separated: “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 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. 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.”

Gretchen’s brother, Joaquin or Jayjay, then joined the fray to defend her with his own letter from their own mom: “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. 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.”

Another sister, Gia Barretto Reyes, based in Boston, USA, joined the fray and sent her own letter, siding with Claudine and saying: “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 friend, strangers and us. And, you expect us to just take it.”

We’re told Gretchen is just crying all day because of what’s happening to their family.

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Re: The Barretto Scandal: Which side are you on?
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2013, 07:05:48 AM »
Absurdities and hositilities

By RK Villacorta | Posted on May. 01, 2013 at 6:01pm | 133 views

If the fight between Rosanna Roces and her son son Onyok were physical, the Barretto hostilities involving Inday (mother) and siblings Gia, Claudine, Gretchen, Marjorie and Joaquin borders on the absurd.

It all started with the Claudine-Julia Barretto (Marjorie’s daughter who recently signed with ABS-CBN Star Magic) issue, in which the former allegedly said she would ruin her niece’s showbiz career and wouldn’t allow her to succeed in showbiz. Claudine, again allegedly, claimed she is the Queen of Drama in Kapamilya Network in her time there.

Secrets that the public don’t even know were exposed. Inday, in her recent statement, called her youngest daughter Claudine angelic while portraying daughter Gretchen as evil.

Family secrets have been revealed. Claudine, married to actor Raymart Santiago for the last seven years, revealed he has left home.

With dirty linens being laundered in public, the non-showbiz Barretto siblings (Joaquin who’s older than the three girls) could hold their horses no longer, so they might as well join the fray.

Joaquin, in a statement in defense of Gretchen, stated that before Christmas in 2012, their family discussed Claudine’s health issues and that she needed to go to a rehab center in White Plains in Quezon City for a special treatment that would last for more than a year.

Joaquin plays “bodyguard cum driver” since the time Gretchen joined showbiz and he claims he knows her sister very well.

“She works hard for the family,” Joaquin said. “She goes to work from morning till dawn just to bring food on the table and support her siblings to school at an early age. She made a lot of sacrifices for the sake of the family.”

Isn’t this turning into a circus? My, my! Am I not glad my family isn’t Barretto?

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