Angelica’s legal counsel to Claudine: Stop threatening her, retract libelous statements

TV Patrol World report on the Barretto-Panganiban controversy (oo:oo to o1:58)

PEP.ph reports that Angelica Panganiban’s legal counsel has sent a "final demand letter" to Claudine Barretto, calling for her to stop allegedly threatening Panganiban and to retract her "libelous statements." Barretto has previously claimed Panganiban spread rumors that she is cheating on husband Raymart Santiago with the best friend of Panganiban’s boyfriend Derek Ramsay. Threatening to file a "libel or slander" case against Panganiban, Barretto also tweeted biting remarks, which were documented by PEP.ph.

According to the demand letter signed by Atty. Joji Alonso, Barretto called Panganiban on August 8 and said, "Papatayin kita. Wawasakin ko mukha mo. You don’t deserve to live. Suntukan tayo ngayon na (I will kill you. I will ruin your face. You don’t deserve to live. Let’s fight it out right now)."

Alonso’s letter also said Barretto reiterated the remarks she supposedly told Panganiban to Star Magic Head Mariole Alberto. "You said, ’Wawasakin ko ang mukha niya pag nagkita kami Tita (I will ruin her face when I see her, Auntie).’ Your threat against the life of our client, which was not made in jest, is a grave threat punishable under our penal laws."

Manila Bulletin reports that Panganiban’s handler Star Magic has hired two bodyguards for the actress, following a barrage of threatening messages anonymously sent to her cellphone.

Included in Alonso’s letter is a demand for Barretto to "stop threatening (Panganiban’s) life and well-being," "retract (her) libelous and slanderous statements," "cease from making any more false accusations," and "correct the negative impression created in the minds of people who have read or heard (her) statements against (Panganiban)." Barretto was given seven days from receipt of the letter to comply with the demands of Panganiban’s camp or they will be "constrained to take legal action."

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