Joaquin Barretto’s response to mom Inday’s statement addressed to Gretchen

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(Note: We are publishing in full the reaction of Joaquin Barretto, brother of celebrity sisters Gretchen and Claudine in response to the letter of their mother, Inday, published in various media platforms)

Claudine Barretto and Gretchen Barretto INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The letter of our mother which was published earlier today was appalling and hurtful and would shock anyone’s sensibilities. But what bothers me most is that while she lambasts my sister, Gretchen, to no end, and pictures her as a threat to evil personified, she seems to have forgotten the truth.

Mom, as you have gone out of your way to square off 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 rent, electricity and hospital bills when dad suffered from his heart condition at least 3 times? Who sold the 2 acropolis lots bought with Gretchen’s earnings? Who had to shed off her clothes on the big screen so that she could afford to support her family? Did you even 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, again, rather than lambasting Gretchen simply because she is standing up to Claudine.

You claimed that Gretchen has been calling Claudine’s children names, in her face. But how is that even 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 instragram which is 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 mom, let us put a stop to this. Before our family totally falls apart. While there is still something to save.

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  • wawa2172

    Sister acts should have been kept in the four corner of their home, in private and not to tell the world of the stinks going on in the family. Gretchen and Cludine quarrel is so unimaginable kasi nag gulo ang pamilya kasali ang nanay at mga kapatid pati na ang mga pamangkin. It is an example of pinagkalat na ang lahat di na alintana ang kahihiyan. It is just like the Kris Aquino story with former husband James Yap na nag pa press con pa sa national tv si Titay but iba ito dahil kakampi ang three sisters. Lumabas lahat ang pag sisinungaling ni Kris even her false statements na she is quitting the showbiz for good to take care of Bimby. Ang katotohanan nasa ABS-CBN pa rin siya pag katapos mamasyal sa ibang bansa nang ilang araw. Same could be said about Heart Evanglista and parents na nag sa publiko nag sama nang loob dahil kay Ka Chiz Escudero. Gretchen and Claudine been through to many controversies kaya ang hrap na nilang paniwalaan kung sino ang tama sa dalawa. Well, at least alam nang madlang people ang pag katao ni Claudine at Gretchen, an open book. But piece of advice, showbiz people like Gretchen, Caludine. Kris and Heart, tama na ang pag luka-lukahan and using the media in spreading your family dirt. Lalo ka na Kris, sa Kris TV show mo, para ka nang Polpol Ambassador of the country nang punahin mo ang picture nang Inquire na hinagod kang nang tingin sa behind ni Bolkiah.

    • ye854bela729

      SINO KA BANG BAKLA KA NAPAKA TANGAN MO DI C KRIS TOPIC NO? At pinipilit mo build up c Kris sikat na sya pls di nya kailan fulong mo pweee ka makasulat at makapang gulo ka lng cheap mali pa spelling mo at talaga namang buwisit ang magasawang Santiago eh matagal ng magulo relation, dahil kaliwete c babae at palangkera, mapanghimasok sa gulo ng mga lalake,and ingetera, sa Kapatid pa nya.o ano sana yan ang topic mo di c Kris buwisit ka

      • wawa2172

        Ay charing di ako bakla pero di rin ako pumapatol sa pokpok. Ok sorry sa spelling ko..its Pokpok Ambassador not Polpol. Well, hindi ako mag tataka na defender ka ni Titay. She acts like girl na bakla kasi. Rest my case.

    • hkzombie1

      Sus daldal

  • martial_law_baby

    Please PDI, don’t stoop down to this family’s level. They dont deserve a space in your broadsheet. Or talaga bang naging tabloid na kayo.

  • hkzombie1

    Oh my, oh my. I did not know they were a dysfunctional family. This bro, Joaquin, makes a very good point though. I’m sure a lot of us have a love-hate relationship with Gretchen. But today, reading Joaquins’s message, I cannot help myself but love Gretchen. Her mother seems to have forgotten she is her child, too. It took Joaquin’s revealing message to make us all realize or remember how much Gretchen has sacrificed in her younger years to financially support her family. And this brother does not forget that and is showing his gratitude right now. Good job, Jake.

  • veronica buencamino

    you’re not helping bro. You just made it worse. Will hear from your mom’s response because this time, all hell will break loose.

  • Peary Concepcion

    Ewan ko pero palagay ko palabas lang ito para pabanguhin ulit ang image ni Claudine. For all we know this is just a “good cop, bad cop” strategy. Anyway, let’s see if Claudine will again have a show with ABS.

  • droccu

    This “family” should STOP washing their dirty linen in public. We don’t need to know their problems.

  • libra25

    And should we care at all about their crap? Hello, ang daming naghihirap na pamilya sa Pinas.

    • ye854bela729

      Hello y read entertaiment page read the Page ok sira ka bkit mo binasa to huh! Igigiit mo mga naghihirap problema ba namin yun ha? We are working hard to to live a decent life, and follow the rule of Laws, and Pray, so we are are so human and read entertainment at hindi ito ang page para sa MAHIRAP! Bkit Mahirap ka ba? So do not read this page magtrabaho ka ok corny mo

      • abudahbi

        Oo nga. Mga mapagkunwari. We must all must admit we read trash for entertainment. Kung ayaw nila they should just go straight to Business page. Hypocrites

  • Jeso

    This is all a publicity stunt:
    1. Si Julia Barreto ay prinopromote as Starmagic talent. She didn’t comment about her Tita’s feud. Very good girl., plus ganda point for you iha.
    2. Suddenly Inday came in to make laglag Gretchen and praises Claudine. Okay, sympathy for Claudine;WIN Gretchen; WIN pa rin kc mayaman sya at maganda pa rin
    3. Jaoquin butt in to defend Gretchen and bashes Inday. Okay, sympathy for Gretchen; a plus point her.
    4. Julia still mums; another point for her. Total points:2 WIN na WIN
    5. Inday: Nothing to lose.
    6. Jaoquin; the savior ;WIN
    7. Next; Teleserye project for all the Baretto’s; Win na Win!

    • hustlergalore

      by the network?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rae.unser Rae Unser

    I find that absolutely disgusting and tasteless when families “wash their dirt laundry in public”. Such people have thrown out their last shred of decency out of the window, showing how low they have sunk in impropriety. Absolutely no class at all

  • http://twitter.com/offlinesometime jana hitchens-morley

    I have a new found respect for Gretchen–assuming the role of the family breadwinner at a very young age is not and never will be an easy task. The telling part of this saga is that people who personally know her and interact with her on a regular basis describe her as a funny, loving and a very responsible and prayerful person. I can’t comment about Claudine, however, if it’s true that she is suffering from some forms of mental illness- I feel sorry for her and hope she gets the proper treatment. Hope this issue finds a happy ending. PS- I hope Kris Aquino would stop poking her nosy beak in this matter; she has a lot personal issues to resolve herself.

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