Close friends of actress Gretchen Barretto asked the public to be considerate and fair enough before passing harsh judgment.
"Sana man lang meron na lang video na [para] malaman ng tao kung paano nangyari ‘yong sitwasyon na ‘yon kasi hindi naman siya ‘yong talagang tulad ng pinalalabas ng mga tao ngayon," former actress and good friend Nadia Montenegro said in an interview with ABS-CBN's news program TV Patrol World. Nadia and Gretchen were launched together as Regal Babies in the teen flick 14... Going Steady in 1984.
Nadia's statement came on the heels of the controversial pictures involving Gretchen and actor John Estrada. The pictures, taken during Rufa Mae Quinto's birthday celebration last May 27, 2007, showed John and Gretchen seated closely together. The second photo was more shocking, as it revealed the pair kissing on the same couch.
Gretchen is very disheartened because of the incident, Nadia relayed in her behalf.
"Si Gretchen hindi na halos makausap, hinimatay na siya twice, hindi siya kumakain, hindi siya natutulog. Nakikiusap po ako sa inyo wag naman natin siyang durugin," Nadia, who was present at the same party, pleaded to the public.
Another good friend, sexy actress Joyce Jimenez, voiced the same plea.
"Until people know the whole story, then make your assumption and make your own judgment. But until then, no one has the right to judge anyone," she said. Gretchen and Joyce are both endorsers of a multi-vitamin.
The recent controversy has generated so much attention that even Malacañang reacted by reminding celebrities to act properly and observe decency at all times because the public idolizes them.