MANILA -- Actress Marjorie Barretto on Friday accused her sister Gretchen Barretto of releasing a "false statement" to media after an alleged scuffle at the wake of their father, Miguel Alvir Barretto.
“It was all so nice until Marjorie had a nervous breakdown,” Gretchen said of the incident in a statement released to ABS-CBN News Thursday night.
Confirming that President Rodrigo Duterte asked them to shake hands "for the sake of respect of my father,” Gretchen said, “Marjorie was not happy that I was there to reunite with family.”
Marjorie had earlier declined ABS-CBN News’ request to interview members of the family, but on Friday, she broke her silence amid
"very disturbing news going around right now."
"All these years, I have kept my peace and I always chose to ignore all the lies that my sisters spread about me and my children. But nothing can get lower than this. Giving false statements to the press, and twisting stories about what really happened in my father’s wake is by far the most epic one," Marjorie wrote in an Instagram post.
"They have tried so hard over the years to destroy my name, I have nothing to lose anymore at this point. I love my family very much, they are my core. I am all for reconciliation. We were hoping for that all those 16 days that my father was fighting for his life in the hospital. It would have been nice if she made her peace in the quiet of my father's room. With no cameras. Don’t be fooled by the statements of my sisters, they are leaving out a very important detail of what really caused pain and tension in the wake," she added.
Marjorie also asked her followers to allow their family to grieve in the meantime.
"It’s our last day with our father today. Please hold your judgment and opinions until he is laid to rest, then we will for the first time speak the whole truth and nothing but the truth."
"I would like to ask for prayers too. Because when I speak the truth, my life and my children’s life will be put in danger. My sisters boyfriend is powerful in a very bad way (and I don’t mean Tony Boy). And in speaking the truth I won’t be able to leave his name out," she said, referring to Gretchen's long-time partner, businessman Antonio "Tony Boy" Cojuangco.
Marjorie also apologized to the President.
"And to our dear President Duterte, thank you for being there for the family and sharing in our grief. My apologies that your name was dragged into this. You were so kind to me. I will always be grateful," she said..
Shortly after Marjorie's post on Instagram, Gretchen also released a statement on the social media site, as well as videos of the alleged altercation at the wake.
"It's a bittersweet feeling that you, truly for the first time, speak the truth. In other words, I am grateful for we will all wait for that time," she said, adding that their mother, Estrella "Inday" Barretto, "assured everyone that she will tell all regarding our family feud and the day of my dad's birthday and who caused my father's attack."
Gretchen also hinted that their sister Claudine Barretto will file a molestation case against Marjorie's "powerful boyfriend."
You can read Gretchen's full statement below.