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  • gretchen (1)It feels like déjà vu. A few years ago, the Barretto sisters Gretchen, Marjorie and Claudine got involved in a public feud, waged on national televi­sion. The word war so deteriorat­ed that their mom, the gracious and gentle-mannered Inday Bar­retto, was forced to step in and try to stop it. It’s happening again, sparked by a swap of snide remarks, this time on social media, into a full-blown word war with netizens joining in the fray and making things worse, in the process dragging into the mess Julia Barretto, the 16-year­old daughter of Marjorie and Den­nis Padilla, who is being built up by ABS-CBN.
    Mom Inday is back to act as ref­eree but this time making it loud and clear which side she’s on. Here’s her official public state­ment (addressed to Gretchen) dated April 22, 2013, entrusted only to Funfare with very little ed­iting but retaining the anguish a mother is going through amidst bickering children:

    April 22, 2013.
    You are a liar, Gretchen. Many of your preys will attest to that soon. That is the style that you use when you want to play with other people’s lives! To correct your lies…
    You claim Claudine said, “She will block Julia’s entry to Star agic.” Who did Claudine say it to… you? Or did you just make this up to put Claudine in trouble with Star Magic and make Julia’s big following angry with Claudine? You did that before. Besides, Ju­lia is very much “in” at Star Magic now.
    That Claudine said she is the only Teleserye Princess of ABS­CBN and will remain one ‘till eter­nity. Hah? Did she tell you that or did you make it up again to block her entry to an ABS-CBN proj­ect?

    First of all, Claudine was not a Teleserye Princess. She was ABS­CBN Teleserye Queen during her time, just like you were ST Queen during yours.
    And, hello, showbiz holds no franchise to eternity.
    Owners and big bosses go to ell, too, or to heaven in time!
    That Claudine will ruin Julia’s career? Why would she? Next to Marjorie, “No one can love those (Marjorie’s) children more than Claudine!!!”
    There is a track record to that. At hindi isang kagaya mo lang ang maka-manipulate niyan.
    Huwag mo naman gawing tanga ‘yung mga tao, Gretchen. They and we all know that “Clau­dine holds no power over the in­dustry!”
    Who do you think Claudine is — the Evil Queen of Bhutan?
    Raymart left home? Yes, it is true.
    For a cooling off period? — Sana.

    But if God wills it to be perma­nent, huwag naman sana. But still, our life is not in our hands! So, Gretchen, do you also want to include God in your “bashing” and drip your perfumed saliva for the misfortune of your sister?
    Claudine has violent ways? Ay, talaga? Correct!

    Nagbabasag ng plato at tasa ‘yan; buti na lang plastic, hindi ‘yung regalo ni Pres. Erap sa wed­ding. I saw Claudine nagbato ng sa­patos, natamaan ang pusa! Naba­sa ‘yung shoes. I also wit­nessed you, Gretchen, ah!
    When you were throwing expen­sive plates and vases at that time I was called to go to your place be­cause nagwawala ka and you were threatening to swallow pills.

    Muntik pa nga akong mata­maan kaya I ran out of the house to the car on a Typhoon Signal No. 3, soaking wet. Pinalayas ako! Yes, Claudine’s career slowed down but her talent did not!

    What she holds on “record” for achievement, is “not gone” for how can you lose what you al­ready have in your hand and kept in people’s mind? She doesn’t have to prove anything.

    Julia and others will fare on their own — never dependent on anyone, comparable to none. They each have a gift from God! Oh yes, Julia is terrific, another good one coming. You are inse­cure if you believe anyone can block that! For the record, that (your insecurity) can be supported by a well-known doctor.

    Claudine has no “mental illness”… “mental torture,” yes, courtesy of an evil manipulation! Some of these incidents will support it.
    You attack Claudine with verbal abuse by phone and text messag­es, like these:
    Sabina — negra daughter of  ours Santino — abnoy
    Raymart — bakla for not sid­ing with you. (Note: Sabina and Santino are Claudine and hus­band Raymart Santiago’s chil­dren. — RFL)

    You told Claudine that she has no more career to go back to. Bakit, si Malou Santos ka ba, si Vic del Rosario ka ba?
    Ipadadampot — for what? (Planted or framed up.) There are bashers — 10, 15 or more, when one is popular — and still you would still like to accuse your sister as the culprit!
    Do not call Claudine evil!
    Do not start giving away that title that belongs to you and you alone, now that it’s burning your palm and scarring your beautiful face.
    Some basher called Julia “maarte” and you blow your top!
    You call Claudine evil, prepare to attack her and you want me to be “angelic?”
    Ang dali-dali n’yo lang manakit ng tao. Power drunk! Pero pag kayo na, konting pitik gusto n’yo na magpakulong.
    I am taking this fight — now in front of the battle.
    I am going to take all the bul­lets you shoot.

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