Claudine apologizes to airline crew members


Posted at May 17 2012 10:07 PM | Updated as of May 18 2012 05:56 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Actress Claudine Barretto has apologized to 2 airline ground crew members who allegedly endured verbal abuse from the actress during a dispute over her baggage. 

Claudine Barretto. File photo

After almost 2 weeks since the incident, Barretto approached the family of Cebu Pacific ground crew members Charisse Bocboc and Kristine Ilagan to apologize for raising her voice over her offloaded luggage.

"[Si Claudine] ang naki-usap at siya ang nag-seek ng meeting na ito para lang maibigay nang personal ang kanyang [paghingi ng] kapatawaran," Barretto's laywer Atty. Alex Avisado told GMA News.

Barretto admitted berating the 2 employees and said she is "thankful" that they have accepted her apology.

"I humbled myself, nag-apologize naman ako sa pagtaas ng boses ko sa kanila, habang nagko-complain ako sa Cebu Pacific," she said. "Tinanggap naman nila 'yung apology ko, so talagang thankful ako pati sa pamilya nila dahil sobra silang warm na tinanggap ako."

Bocboc and Ilagan corroborated Barretto's statement, but reportedly denied having been cursed at or endured personal attacks from the actress.

Barretto's scolding of the two ground crew members were captured in photos by journalist Mon Tulfo -- a matter protested by the actress' husband actor Raymart Santiago, which in turn led to the controversial brawl between the two camps at the airport.

Amid brewing court cases between them and the Tulfo brothers, Barretto said she feels relieved for being able to move on from her publicized encounter with the airline staff.