Raymart has not seen his kids, says lawyer

Posted at 05/15/14 11:59 PM

MANILA –The lawyer of Raymart Santiago revealed the actor has not seen his children with Claudine Barretto amid the couple's ongoing legal battle.

During the Thursday episode of “Aquino & Abunda Tonight,” Atty. Ruth Castelo said Santiago has only seen his children, Sabina and Santino, for a total of an hour since the cases were filed in August last year.

“Hindi nakikita ni Raymart yung mga bata… Maraming excuses eh, maraming dahilan kung bakit hindi nakikita, kung bakit hindi ipinapakita,” she said.

Despite this, Castelo said Santiago has not stopped trying to reach out to his children.

“We have not stopped actually. Nung umpisa, the kids were eager to see him. They want to spend time with him. They were looking forward to seeing him. Kaya lang siyempre habang tumagal na, hindi na natin alam what happened in the house or whatever information was given to the kids, hindi natin alam, so nagbago,” she said.

Castelo added Santiago also tried to send financial support for the kids but his offers were rejected.

She also said Santiago remains open to an out-of-court settlement with Barretto.

“Raymart will have his conditions kung sakali. Willing naman siya pero may conditions siya. It’s kind of personal for Raymart,” she said. “Raymart is a very private person. He wants to keep everything under wraps. Sa court na lang yung issues. Masyado na siyang napapagod sa lies.”

Asked if she has any message for Santiago’s estranged wife, Castelo said, “Let’s stick to the facts. Let’s stick to the truth. Sana maayos ang sitwasyon. Sana maayos ang mga bata. Focus ni Raymart is really the children.”

Last Sunday, Barretto broke her silence on the family feud which erupted last year, particularly her rift with sisters Gretchen and Marjorie. The former Kapamilya star also talked about her failed marriage to Santiago.