Tearful actress admits seeing psychologist
Composite photo of Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto
MANILA -- Raymart Santiago appealed to the parents of his estranged wife, Claudine Barretto, to help her with her supposed "condition," amid his escalating legal battle with the actress.
The 40-year-old actor is now facing a case for alleged violation of the Anti-Violence against Women and Their Children (VAWC) Act of 2004, which Barretto filed Thursday afternoon before the Marikina Regional Trial Court (RTC).
On Friday, Santiago attended a court hearing for the Gabriela-backed case which accuses him of "physical, sexual, psychological and economic" abuse against Barretto, supposedly dating back to 2002.
Santiago and Barretto were married in March 2006. They have two children -- an adopted daughter, Sabina, 9; and a biological son, Santino, 6.
Citing a gag order, the actor refused to divulge details about Friday's court proceedings, but offered he is more than ready to face Barretto's accusations.
"Noong una pa lang naman, sinabi niya na magpa-file siya ng VAWC, so talang hinihintay lang namin kung ano ang ipa-file niya, at may pangsagot naman kami doon," he said.
Santiago also criticized his wife's frequent granting of interviews in relation to the case, as he brought up the alleged "problems" of Barretto which he said he had sought to address together with her parents.
"Pwede naman niya sabihin lahat, lalo na mahilig siya sa media, mahilig siyang magpa-interview. Pwede niyang ibato sa akin lahat, lahat ng gusto niyang ibato. Pero, totoo ba 'to?
"At uulitin ko ang sinasabi ko -- alam ng mga magulang niya ang nangyayari. Alam niyo ang totoo, tulungan niyo ang anak niyo," he said.
On Thursday, Santiago addressed Barretto's parents, Miguel and Inday, in expressing his disappointment that they didn't stand by a decision they supposedly made concerning the actress' condition.
"Kay mommy at daddy, alam niyo ang totoo. Tayo-tayo ang nag-uusap dati, 'yung problema ni Claudine. Alam niyo and sana panindigan nila 'yung sinabi nila dati sa akin," Santiago said.
At the height of the Barretto family's publicized feud early this year, Claudine's older siblings Gretchen and Joaquin brought up the actress supposed "illness," with the latter saying she was put in a hospital at one point.
Responding to Inday's move to disown Gretchen in favor of her youngest daughter, Joaquin in a statement mentioned "the truth about Claudine's condition."
"May I remind you that it was you and dad who had her put in a hospital because you wanted to save her from destroying herself. Yes, Claudine is going through rough times. Again. And if you truly love her, then you should take concrete steps to save her rather than hitting Gretchen simply because she is standing up to Claudine," Joaquin said in April.
'Battered woman syndrome'?
On Thursday, a tearful Claudine in a press conference admitted seeing a psychologist to deal with her personal problems, which she said stemmed from the abuse she suffered in her marriage to Santiago.
"Kinailangan kong magpa-process sa mga pyschologist, sa Gabriela, kung meron ho ba akong battered woman syndrome... Nawalan na ako ng self-esteem, ng self-worth. Hindi lang naman ho pambubugbog 'yung pinagdaanan ko eh, kundi mental torture din," she said, crying.
Asked for details on the allegations of his wife, Santiago on Thursday only expressed confidence that the truth will eventually come out.
"Alam ko na lalabas din ang katotohanan, meron din akong ebidensya... Kahit paano, asawa ko siya. Kahit paano, masakit sa akin na nangyayari 'to lahat, pero 'yun ang gusto niya. 'Yun ang ibibigay ko sa kanya," he said.