Gretchen on honesty: 'Don't expect it from cheap people'
MANILA - After confirming that sister Claudine was confined in a hospital for drug use, socialite actress Gretchen Barretto on Sunday, posted a cryptic message about honesty.
In her official Instagram account, Gretchen, who is now in London, posted the saying "Honesty is a very expensive gift, don't expect it from cheap people."
La Greta posted the message days after her controversial confession that her sister Claudine underwent treatment for drug abuse.
Gretchen's Instagram followers believe that the post was intended for her youngest sister, Claudine.
Gretchen earlier said she was hurt by her father, Miguel Barretto's statement that she could change her surname is she is ashamed of it.
In a statement sent to Pep.ph, Gretchen confirmed the earlier claim of Claudine's husband, Raymart Santiago, that Claudine used illegal substances.
In her statement, Gretchen recalled that in January 2011, Mr. Barretto pretended to suffer from heart attack and was confined in Medical City.
"That was just a ploy to get Claudine confined at the basement for her severe drug abuse and mental condition."
She then revealed that Claudine's treatment for drug addiction was continued in a private clinic in Chana, Thailand.
In December 21, 2012, Mr. Barretto called for a family meeting.
"He said that he had just come from a meeting that morning with Ms. Eos Capistrano, a counselor from White Plains who said Claudine needed to be confined at the basement 12-18 months minimum. And that it was a choice of confining her at the basement or seeing her in the morgue at the rate she's going. I remind him again that I am just repeating exactly what he said then. My father told us that his choice was to see Claudine in the basement and, of course, we all wanted the same thing."
"I believe that it is up to my parents to own up to the truth to make this possible. It is not important now to point fingers as to who, what, why. We do not need to cover up anyone's stories or put up a front to avoid shame. We are beyond that. We hear Claudine's cry for help. Why can't you?"