MANILA -- It could well be a simple Mother's Day message.
Former actress Marjorie Barretto vowed to protect her children as she made a public promise on Instagram to be "the best mom in the world" for kids Daniella, Julia, Claudia and Leon.
"I will protect you with all my might, and I will never speak ill of any one of you no matter what. I will never do anything to cause division in our family, I will only promote peace when there will be misunderstandings. I will love each of you equally and unconditionally. Thank you Lord for my children... My life," she said in her post, which was made just hours after the interview of her sister Claudine Barretto aired on ABS-CBN's "Buzz ng Bayan."
In the interview, Claudine admitted that she is most angry at Marjorie, who, the younger Barretto claimed, has prohibited her from seeing her children.
“Sa lahat lahat ng tao, kay Marjorie ako pinakagalit kasi pinag-away kami ni Gretchen (Barretto). I said some painful things to my sister which I will forever regret. I always made life easy for my sister, for Marjorie. But she killed me the day na tinanggal niya 'yung karapatan ko to see my nieces na pinalaki ko. Nakalimutan niya ako, 'yung ako talaga,” she told "Buzz ng Bayan" host Boy Abunda.
“I grieved for her. Pinatay ko na siya sa buhay ko. I would never ever do anything to hurt my nieces,” Claudine added.
In a statement sent to "Buzz ng Bayam," Marjorie denied that she prevented Claudine from seeing her children.
“Claudine, you never borrowed my children. You never even tried or called them. I never deprived you of seeing my children. Never. Please don’t claim to love my children when not too long ago, you tried to hard to destroy them,” she said.
Last year, rumors rocked the Barretto family after Gretchen allegedly claimed that Claudine is not happy about Julia's rise to stardom.
Back then, Julia was being groomed to be the lead star of “Mirabella” as an artist of Star Magic, the ABS-CBN talent management firm that launched Claudine to stardom until her transfer to another network in 2009.
In response to reports on the alleged exchange on Instagram, the Barretto matriarch, Inday, released a statement denying Claudine's supposed plans to "block" Julia's career.
Claudine has since been estranged from the children of her sisters Gretchen and Marjorie.