Raymart, Claudine deny separation

Posted at 10/29/10 2:09 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Celebrity couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto addressed the issue that they already separated.

"Hindi na siguro dapat pag-usapan 'yan kasi magkasama kami ngayon so obviously hindi totoo, hindi totohanan," said Barretto during the birthday party of talent manager Annabelle Rama.

Asked if they have an idea who started the rumor that they already separated, Santiago replied, "Wala akong maisip. Ngayon ko nga lang narinig 'yon."

A report said the two allegedly parted ways after rumors surfaced that Barretto reportedly had an extramarital affair with Martin Castro.

The news about the supposed extramarital affair, according to Barretto, was spread by actress Angelica Panganiban, girlfriend of actor Derek Ramsay, the close friend of Castro.

In the interview, Santiago also spoke on the issue of the rift between Panganiban and Barretto.

Santiago believes that everything will end if they finally get the chance to talk about it.

"Well, sabihin na ngayon ay tahimik, dahil kung dati ay nakipag-usap sa akin si Derek tungkol sa problema na kailangan ay pag-usapan pa e hindi pa dumarating ang araw na 'yon. So kapag dumating ang araw na 'yon na magkausap-usap na lahat at magkalinawan na lahat, doon matatapos," Santiago said.

In a previous interview, Barretto vehemently denied the rumor about the extramarital affair.

She suspected that Panganiban was allegedly trying to ruin Castro and Ramsay’s friendship by spreading the rumors.

In defense of Panganiban, her lawyer Jojit Alonso maintained that Panganiban has “not done anything wrong, much less, maligned Claudine. On the contrary, it is Angelica who is being maligned by these unfounded accusations.”

Alonso also said they will be forced to file a case against Barretto if she keeps on hurling baseless accusations against Panganiban.