Despite her reluctance to talk about her family’s many issues to the media, actress Marjorie Barretto still found the courage to express just how much she was hurt by the harsh words that her father, Mike Barretto, had said about her, her sister Gretchen Barretto, and her brother J.J. Barretto during a press conference they held for their youngest sister Claudine Barretto.

“It’s either we are bad parents, kami ng mommy (me and their mommy), or we had bad children,” the Barretto patriarch had said in reaction to Marjorie, Gretchen, and J.J’s refusal to side with Claudine in her feud with her husband Raymart Santiago.

“I am very hurt with the statement of my father,” Marjorie later said in an exclusive interview with PEP.ph.

“Of all the things naman that’s being written about me, or [written by] the bashers and supporters of Claudine—siyempre, yung pinakamasakit, yung manggaling sa sarili mong ama (of course, the most painful would have to come from your own father),” she continued. “I just need to clear my name because I really… you know, my dad is very old and my mom. And I really want, sana, before magkasakit sila (And I really want, hopefully, before they get sick) or, you know, anything happens to them, bago mangyari ‘yon, sana makuha ko yung sagot na ito (before that happens, I hope I get the answer to this): when did I ever become a bad child? Because, in my mind, I’m a very, very good daughter. I may never have had the chance to support them financially, because I was a single mother at a very young age, but I was a good daughter.”

“Every event, every… I’m always with them, for them,” Marjorie went on. “I feel that that was very unfair of my father because I have never done anything to make him say so. But if I have, I am humbly telling my father, ‘Daddy, please, give me a rundown of the reasons why you think I have been a bad daughter, I have been a bad child. 'And if what you’re saying is correct, if what you’re saying is accurate, I promise, I will make it up to you. I will correct it, habang buhay pa kayo (while you’re still alive.).”

“'But, please, don’t call me a bad child in the media,” she appealed. “Because it is the most hurtful thing for a child to hear from her father.”

Marjorie also responded to her father’s appeal to stop getting involved in Claudine and Raymart’s problems.

“I just want to say that I have stayed away from Claudine’s business for a very, very, very long time already…I didn’t want to get involved, and I didn’t want na mabaligtad (I didn’t want it to be twisted.),” she attested. “Yung sinasabi ng daddy ko na layuan ko si Raymart at si Claudine (What my daddy said about having to stay away from Raymart and Claudine), 'Dad, I have been away from the Claudine and Raymart issue for… oh my god, more than a year already!”


(Photo courtesy of PEP.ph)

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