Claudine on Raymart: Never getting back together
Actress slaps perjury case vs husband, lawyers
MANILA -- Claudine Barretto was quick to respond when asked if there is any chance she and Raymart Santiago will get back together, amid the former couple's escalating legal tiff.
"Hindi na, okay na 'yon, huwag na," the 34-year-old actress said on Wednesday, explaining she and her children have supposedly gotten used to Santiago's absence.
The couple's 9-year-old daughter, Sabina, is currently in the hospital due to high fever. But according to Barretto, her eldest child hasn't asked for her father since she was confined.
"Hindi [na niya hinahanap], hindi. Sanay na," Barretto said.
Even if Santiago wished to visit Sabina, the actress added, he wouldn't be allowed, citing the temporary protection order (TPO) granted to her against the 40-year-old actor by the Marikina Regional Trial Court (RTC).
"Pangalawa," Barretto said, "huwag na tayo mag-plastikan. Hindi naman talaga siya gano'n, 'yun lang 'yon."
Asked if she regrets no longer raising her two children with Santiago, the actress said, "Pag sanay kang ikaw nang ikaw, mas makakahinga ka na nang mas maayos."
The celebrity couple's separation early this year, Barretto has claimed, stems from the alleged "physical, sexual, psychological and economic" she suffered from Santiago supposedly since 2002.
Santiago has repeatedly denied these allegations, and expressed confidence the truth will come out even as Barretto filed the TPO against him in July, and a case for his alleged violation of the Anti-Violence against Women and Their Children (VAWC) Act of 2004 in late August.
On Wednesday, Barretto filed yet another case against her husband, this time for perjury. According to the actress' legal counsel, Atty. Ginger Castillo, Santiago's camp supposedly lied in a sworn statement in August.
"According to them, there is no other case pending when they filed their habeas corpus and they knew at the time there was the TPO case," Castillo said, adding Santiago's lawyers are also respondents in the case.
Responding to the allegation, the actor's legal counsel, Atty. Ruth Castillo explained they had yet to receive a copy of the TPO petition when they made the sworn statement.
Santiago, meantime, refused to give a long comment, only saying, "Nagiging circus lang, eh. Pabayaan mo na siyang (Barretto) magsalita."
Asked how she is coping given the successive complaints she has failed against her husband, Barretto said, "Through prayers lang talaga."
"When you're really pushed to the wall talaga, wala ka nang ibang magagawa kundi magpakatatag. Maraming taong sumusuporta, nagmamahal, nagdadasal para sa akin, and I think that's what's most important. Maraming taong nagmamahal sa amin ng mga anak ko," she said.
Barretto also shrugged off her detractors, saying her only goal is to ensure the welfare of her children.
"Sa mga tao na hindi nakakatulong at nakakadagdag lang ng problema, hindi ko nalang sila iniinda, hindi ko nalang sila pinapansin. Hayaan nalang natin.
"I'm not out to please everybody, I'm just trying to protect my children. 'Yun lang naman talaga 'yon eh. And sana, 'yung mga dumadagdag sa gulo, they'll just leave me in peace," she said.