Gretchen Barretto went to the Marikina Regional Trial Court Branch 192 today, December 19, to testify against her younger sister, Claudine Barretto. This was in relation to the Permanent Protection Order (PPO) that Claudine has filed against her estranged husband, Raymart Santiago.
According to a PEP.ph report, Gretchen herself admitted that she became emotional while recounting her testimony.
“Dahil siyempre babalikan mo lahat ng mga naging nightmare sa buhay namin. Pero kinakailangang gawin. And I’m hoping that later on, when Claudine is in a better state, she will be thankful (Of course, you have to go through all those nightmares that you went through, but you have to do it. And I’m hoping that later on, when Claudine is in a better state, she will be thankful),” the actress was quoted as saying.
Gretchen also shared that she's praying for Claudine's well-being, as the latter has nine cases lined up in court.
“'Yun ang wish ko, 'yung ang ipinagdadasal namin, na she will get the treatment that she needs. Para maayos naman ang buhay niya, para maging safe siya, para maging safe 'yung mga tao sa paligid niya... At sana matapos na 'yung mga kaso niya. Dahil right now, napag-alaman ko, she has nine cases (That's my wish, that's what we've been praying for, that she will get the treatment that she needs, so she gets to fix her life and so that people around her will be safe. I also hope that she gets to iron out all her cases because right now, I heard that she has nine cases),” she said.
She adds that Raymart has been a “good husband” to her younger sister, whom she loves very much.
“He took care of her, he’s a very good husband to her. I know that for sure because malapit kami ni Claudine. 'Yun ang palagi niyang ikinukuwento sa akin 'nung lumabas siya ng rehab 'nung February 2011 (I know that for sure because Claudine and I are close. That's what she has been telling me when she came out of rehab in February 2011.).”
“I love her with all my heart... We have a lot of love for each other, kaming magkakapatid. And I think that love is bigger than all the mess that we’re going through and all the pain that we’re going through right now.”
The actress also talked about rumored death treats, allegedly from the family patriarch himself, should they testify against Claudine.
“Sinabihan ng daddy ko ang kapatid kong lalaki, ang pinakamatanda, at saka 'yung pamangkin kong si John na pag nag-testify daw si J.J., nalaman niya magte-testify si J.J., sabi niya, babarilin niya. At sinabi naman ng aking pamangkin na, ‘Tita Gretchen, Tita Marj will testify.’ Sabi niya [Mr. Barretto], ‘I will kill them (My daddy informed our eldest brother and nephew John that should J.J. testifty--and he learned that J.J. plans to testify--that he will shoot J.J. My nephew said, ‘Tita Gretchen, Tita Marj will testify.’ And my dad said, ‘I will kill them.).’”
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