Sisters Claudia and Dani are now speaking out after their mom Marjorie Barretto formally introduced their youngest sister to the public.
Claudia Barretto, Marjorie's second daughter with former husband Dennis Padilla, spoke first.
"I don’t think it’s a big deal. I think it's a very normal thing," she told the press on March 5.
For her part, Dani Barretto, Marjorie's daughter with former partner Kier Legaspi and her eldest, said they had anticipated the reactions that greeted her mom's revelation.
"We expected it naman that people are gonna talk about it and it's possible naman na hindi siya pag-usapan.
"But, right now, we're just enjoying our family and my baby sister.
"And we're so glad that we also got a lot of good feedbacks from a lot of people.
"A lot of people appreciated the fact that we shared her to the world, finally.
"The negative comments and the bashers, it's always going to be there.
"Hindi naman mawawala yan, it's part of it."
On why they finally introduced their youngest sister to the public, she said, "Wala namang specific reason. Hindi rin naman siya napag-usapan.
"Parang one day, we just said, 'Okay, let's share her. It's about time.'
"And may isip na siya, she's very much aware already how the social media work, and we just felt like it's the perfect time."
Dani stressed, "I'm very protective of my siblings, very, very protective."
"I thought I was always going to be a cool ate, but hindi pala.
"Ako pala yung aawayin ko lahat para sa mga kapatid ko.
"Lalo na ngayon for my baby sister, mas extra protective.
"Not only ako, but lahat ng mga kapatid ko."
Dani also hopes that her family and her baby sister will be spared from any judgment.
"She's an innocent soul. She's just a kid.
"And if we chose to keep it before, yung reason, sa amin na lang.
"Parang respetuhin niyo na lang yun.
"Kung ano yung pinapakita namin or shina-share ngayon sa public...
"Sana yun na lang yung i-appreciate ng tao at yun na lang yung pansinin nila.
"I hope naman that the people can enjoy this with us 'cause we're happy, we're all happy.
"That's the least every one can do for us. Huwag niyo na lang mag-go into details.
"It's a family matter na."