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War of the Barrettos: Mom Inday Barretto takes Claudine's side vs. Gretchen, writes scathing letter to latter
Ricky Lo, in his column for The Philippine Star, published a letter written by Inday Barretto—the mother of actresses Gretchen, Marjorie, and Claudine Barretto.
Published on: Apr 24, 2013 - 10:54am

Ricky Lo, in his column for The Philippine Star, published a letter written by Inday Barretto—the mother of actresses Gretchen, Marjorie, and Claudine Barretto. The letter talks about the current feud of sisters Gretchen and Claudine. Inday makes it clear that she's on Claudine's side. We're reposting the letter that Inday had entrusted to Lo. It is addressed to Gretchen. We're reposting the letter as is, along with Lo's notes.


April 22, 2013

You are a liar, Gretchen.

Many of you 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 Magic.”  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 ABS-CBN 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 ABS-CBN 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 hell, 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 yours

• 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.

Watch and beware it will ricochet kapagka ina na ang binaril.

Stop, please stop. Stop it na, ha! Stop it naaaaa!!!

For the longest time now and all these years you did nothing but make it your favorite pastime to play with the lives of my family, the family you are ashamed to own, in spite of the fact that I brought you all up well, humble and human!

You have attacked, accused, maligned and tried to destroy each and everyone of us in the eyes of society, starting from your father, I your mother, and each and everyone of your siblings including their partners!

People ask and some who do not know any better, might believe that maybe we’re cruel parents, neglectful and remiss in our duties to you! Only, you, alone? Because no one else is complaining about their childhood!

How easy for me to have explained my side, but how can a mother defend herself without destroying a child of hers no matter that she is EVIL?

Most importantly, I could not in all conscience correct the bad “impression” (image) you gave us. The truth is: This impression is the “Deceptive Device” you used to hook your man and landed you on the moon shining bright like a diamond!

I kept mum not wanting to rock your world but you are wrecking ours!

Gretchen, I am not a wimp, never been one, but lahat may “hangganan.” I have protected you all these years without exposing to the world the real you. But you have pushed many of us to the wall. There’s no other way but for us to defend our names! I have always loved you as one of my own, and always will, but love of my family belongs to the heart and not in the garbage can!

I am letting go of a child now who never wanted me in order to save one who has always been there for all, and with all of her love…Claudine! — INDAY BARRETTO


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  • blah
    There is nothing worse than publicly humiliating one of your kids by disowning her and siding with another child of yours. Shame on you, woman! You call that good parenting?! What is wrong with you? Obvious favoritism. You're telling everyone that it was Claudine who really helped your family. At a young age, Gretchen worked her *ss off and upon receiving her pay check, she's excited to give it to you. She had assumed the role of the family's breadwinner at such an early age just to give her siblings a comfortable life. How dare you complain of trying to protect your image despite destroying Gretchen's. Being the mother, shouldn't you put your kids first before you?
    May 09 2013 @ 11:26pm     Reply  
  • dan
    What's wrong with you, woman?! How dare you publicly ridicule one of your children?! Shouldn't you be the first one to defend her, being her mother?????
    May 09 2013 @ 10:56pm     Reply  
  • sheilamarie
    hala ano ba yan..parang hindi ina kung magsalita...grabeh namn po kau, sana di na kau naging ina nina clau at gretch..cgro di cla magkakaganyan.. kawawang mga nilalang, biktima ismo ng sariling ina..
    May 06 2013 @ 07:58pm     Reply  
  • rlachica
    one more thing, yes gretchen may have landed on the moon and shined with all glory, that's because of the love and humility she has in her heart. mga anak mo yan, you should love them and have faith in them equally,. shame.. shame..
    Apr 30 2013 @ 06:51pm     Reply  
  • rlachica
    as a mom, mrs barretto, i love all my kids.. i have not experienced what ur family went thru, but u above all supreme being in the household has no right to side with one kid and bash the other in public. remember u are one family, dirty linens are not supposed to even be seen by the public,. mom's are the equilibrium of the household. in ur case it's a shame. it really is.. if ur kids are fighting or if ur family is crumbling, reflect on how u raised them, their actions are a reflection of how u brought them up to be,. after reading this article, i was very disappointed, kaya naman pla nagkaka gulo kayo, e tingnan mo ang sarili mo. this things should happen in private and not be subjected to public ridicule and humiliation. God bless ur family.
    Apr 30 2013 @ 06:48pm     Reply  
  • WordsFromASongLyrics
    Ricochet and Shine Bright Like A Diamonds... nakikinig siguro si mommy ng mga songs ni David G. at Rihanna :P jk~!
    Apr 26 2013 @ 06:06pm     Reply  
  • jelenanicolea
    The Mom should not be called a mother.. If she's a Mother in all the right sense of the word, why be vindictive toward one daughter, and choose one over the other? Grabe, why not seek professional help with Claudine's condition instead of hitting Gretchen? Nanay ba talaga yan?
    Apr 26 2013 @ 10:01am     Reply  
  • indaybadiday
    Inday, you call yourself a mother? You are choosing one child over another. No wonder your children are that way, you set the best kind of example. You be the one to stop it, Inday!
    Apr 26 2013 @ 08:32am     Reply  
  • akcej
    Kardashian Family of the Philippines?
    Apr 25 2013 @ 08:25pm     Reply  
  • Oneohone
    How to still be in the headlines despite has-been status 101

    Barrettos and evangelistas learn well from krissy
    Apr 25 2013 @ 11:24am     Reply   Hide replies
    • FYI
      I think you mean "Ongpaucos" instead of "Evangelistas." Heart Evangelista is just a screen name.
      Apr 25 2013 @ 11:32am     Reply  
  • jessicagarcia
    Mrs. Barreto made a wrong move..... Kung may maling ginawa ang mga anak mo... try to reflect as a mother kung paano mo sila pinalaki. Pls.... dont wash your linen in public... Maski mga artista sila tao pa rin sina Gretchen at Claudine.... Kung may away ang mga anak mo ano ang ginawa mong solusyon... sa ginawa mong ito ... solusyon ba ito o nag palala lang sa away. Ang pamilya ay magdadamayan hindi magka away. Maski ano mang kalaki o kaliit ang hidwaan. Sana yong mga pride ninyo ibaba naman para magkaroon ng solusyon ang away ninyo. Ang pamilya ay pamilya... Pinagtawanan kayo ng mga tao .... At ang Ina ay walang pinanigan nasa gitna... Kung si Gretchen ay ST Queen may ginawa ka ba na hindi siya tawaging ST Queen.... Ask yourself ano ang nagawa ni Gretchen sa inyong pamilya o si Claudine ... Walang panigan.... Kung napamasama man ang anak nasa magulang kung paano siya minamahal .... pagpalaki.... Sana mag usap usap kayo na walang media ... kayo kayo lang sa huli kayo pa ring mag pamilya....
    Apr 25 2013 @ 08:56am     Reply  
  • Gretambok
    Ina na ang nagsalita.
    Greta, mukhang ikaw na ang nid gumora sa medical city pagkatapos mong masampal ng mga words ni mudra! ka-boom!
    Gretambok: excuse the me, what is you think of me, purita? The gretchen is medicating in Asian hospital, for the rich and feymous! Like meeh! Di ba bhoy?
    Apr 24 2013 @ 05:31pm     Reply  
  • That'sLow
    Apr 24 2013 @ 03:11pm     Reply  
  • cielo
    every family's got their own "issues" or "drama"... from the high society all the way to the poor... no family is perfect, coz no one ever is... It just so happens that they're public figures/famous people so their dirty laundry is out for every one else to see (or judge). Sigh! I do hope they find a rainbow after storm. I hate dealing with family drama. They're never fun....
    Apr 24 2013 @ 01:51pm     Reply  
  • Typical Chinoy
    dysfunctional family
    Apr 24 2013 @ 12:04pm     Reply  
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