actress Claudine Barretto
MANILA - The head legal counsel of embattled actress Claudine Barretto denied rumors that the star is currently in deep financial trouble.
In a live interview on "Aquino & Abunda Tonight" on Thursday, Atty. Ferdinand Topacio maintained that the 34-year-old actress is able to provide for her family sans the support of her estranged husband, Raymart Santiago.
"She is able to sustain the lifestyle which the kids are accustomed to. They go to good schools... And even 'yung payments niya sa amin as a law firm, up to date," he explained.
This financial stability, according to Topacio, validates that Barretto is a "good mother" and that her children, Sabina and Santino, are even thriving under her care, as evident in their "straight A grades."
"She's very proud. This proves that she is a good mother, that there is nothing wrong with their home life, and that she takes care of their kids," he said.
Asked about the dismissal of Barretto's theft complaint against her former helpers, Topacio said: "'Yung dismissal po na 'yun validates our earlier claims na si Mr. Raymart Santiago, pinapakuha niya 'yung mga gamit sa bahay nila through the kasambahay po."
He said that the testimony of Santiago to help dismiss the complaint actually strengthened their economic abuse case, which the actress detailed in a complaint against her husband along with physical and emotional abuse.
"Tama 'yung sinasabi namin doon sa economic abuse namin na pinapakuha niya sa household help," Topacio claimed.
Topacio also briefly touched on whether the visiting rights for the children are being upheld. He said that Barretto has invited her husband to watch the upcoming dance concert of their eldest, Sabina, and that Santiago has "purchased tickets."
"We tried to get him to spend time with the kids pero nagkaproblema na I'm not really in liberty to discuss with. But rest assured na mayroon pong konting resistance with the kids," Topacio said.