Claudine, Raymart try to mend broken home

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 28 2014 03:31 AM | Updated as of Jun 29 2014 02:54 AM

Former couple Claudine Barretto and Raymart Santiago. File photo

MANILA - Claudine Barretto announced on Friday a breakthrough in efforts to fix her differences with her estranged husband, actor Raymart Santiago, concerning their two children.

"We may have failed as husband and wife but we will will strive to be good parents for the sake of our children," Barretto told ABS-CBN News at the opening of a restaurant in Quezon City.

She added they will spend time as a family once more in a weekend activity.

Barretto expressed optimism that Santiago will fulfill his end of the compromise agreements.

Last week, the former couple faced each other at the Marikina Regional Trial Court in relation to the battle for custody of their kids -- 6-year-old Santino and 10-year-old Sabina.

The hearing was part of a judicial dispute resolution ordered by Judge Geraldine Macaraig, requiring the feuding camps to discuss a possible arrangement concerning their children.

Barretto accused Santiago of "physical, sexual, psychological and economic" abuse, supposedly dating back to 2002.

These are detailed in her legal complaint against the actor for his alleged violation of of the Anti-Violence against Women and Their Children Act of 2004.

Santiago also alleged that he is a victim of domestic violence. In his complaint, the actor accused his wife of being mentally ill and having a history of drug abuse -- claims backed by the actress' estranged siblings Gretchen, Marjorie, and JJ.

Both Barretto and Santiago have repeatedly mentioned the welfare of their children in explaining why they took the spat to court, and why they are seeking sole custody of the kids. - Report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News