Former couple Claudine Barretto and Raymart Santiago. File photo
Inday Barretto mulls libel case vs Gretchen
MANILA - Actress Claudine Barretto is willing to patch things up with estranged husband Raymart Santiago for the new year, her camp revealed.
According to the actress' legal counsel, Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, Barretto is not closing doors on a possible reconciliation.
"She's a very forgiving person, pero in time. We are never closing a door for a settlement. Sabi nga sa bibliya, lahat ay may panahon," he said.
Last August, Claudine filed an Anti-Violence against Women and Their Children (VAWC) case against her estranged husband, Raymart Santiago, detailing "physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse."
Santiago, in his counter-affidavit, accused his wife of domestic violence, stemming from a history of drug abuse and mental illness.
Since then, other members of the Barretto family have joined the word war, namely Gretchen who testified in court against her sister despite alleged threats from their father.
Topacio revealed that Barretto matriarch Inday took offense to Gretchen's testimonies, online and in court, and is considering filing a libel case against her estranged daughter.
"Shes feels offended by what she feels are untruths being peddled by Miss Gretchen," he said.
Gretchen has called her mother "evil" online and threatened to reveal a "molestation" incident involving her father, Miguel, as well as a case of jewelry theft. Inday labeled the accusations as "smear campaign" and "character assassination."
"We will be taking legal steps, including her parents. There comes a time when enough is enough," Topacio said.
The lawyer said that his camp will further discuss matters during the family's next get-together.
"She's talking to us lawyers about it. Bukas siguro magkakaroon ng opportunity in a social context na pag-usapan 'yung mga possible legal steps against Ms. Gretchen," he added.