'I want peace, papa': Leon Barretto pens letter for dad Dennis Padilla


Posted at Jun 26 2022 05:35 PM


MANILA – Leon Barretto, the only son of Marjorie Barretto and Dennis Padilla, broke his silence on Sunday and directly addressed his father after the latter made known on social media that his kids from Barretto "forgot" to greet him on Father’s Day.

In a lengthy Instagram post, Leon said he’s been contemplating for a while whether he would write the letter to Padilla and if resorting to social media is the best way to make it known to him. 

Leon, however, ultimately decided to share the letter on Instagram, explaining that it seems to be his father’s “preferred way to reach us.”

“Sorry if I wasn't able to greet you a 'Happy Father's Day!’ It's always been an awkward day for us cause we never seem to know where we stand with you every year,” he began.

Leon said he’s always envied people who never have to think twice about greeting their dads during the special occasion. 

“For the past 10 years, we have been trying so hard to slowly rebuild the bridge you continuously burn every time you talk about our private matters in your press cons, interviews, and social media,” he said.

Posing a series of questions, Leon asked: “Papa, why does it seem like you enjoy hurting your kids in public? Why do you keep posting cryptic posts about us and allow people to bash us on your own Instagram page? Do you think it does not pain all of us to not feel protected by their own father?”

Leon said it was not the case that he and his sisters Julia and Claudia were avoiding talking to him, “but the few times that we do to resolve the issues, you communicate by shouting, cursing, and using hurtful words that traumatize us.”

“Is public sympathy really more important to you than your own children? Your words have the power to destroy your children, papa,” Leon said.

Leon said he watched his sisters "get torn to pieces" because of Padilla’s false narratives for years, and not once did they ever explain their side nor speak negatively about their dad in public. 

“It's exhausting, papa. As the only man in the family, this is me stepping up to protect my sisters.”

In his letter, Leon stressed that he wants nothing else but to move forward in the safest and healthiest manner possible. 

“I want peace, papa. Can you please stop resorting to public shaming when things don't go your way?”

To end his letter, Leon told Padilla that he longs for the day when he can greet him with “Happy Father’s Day” and know that it comes from a place of gratitude and healing.