Raymart Santiago’s lawyer hits back at Claudine Barretto’s lawyer for accusing her of "sabotaging" the estranged couple

"Atty. Topacio probably thinks that putting the blame on me for his failed attempts at bringing my client down will make him the hero in the hopefully-happy ending,” says Raymart Santiago’s legal counsel Atty. Ruth Castelo in a statement sent to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) today, July 1.

Atty. Ferdinand Topacio is the legal counsel of actress Claudine Barretto.

In photo: Claudine Barretto with estranged husband


Umalma si Atty. Ruth Castelo sa alegasyon ni Atty. Ferdinand Topacio na sinasabotahe ng abugada ang proseso ng posibleng pagkakaayos ng mag-asawang Raymart Santiago at Claudine Barretto.

Bilang legal counsel ni Raymart, nilinaw ni Atty. Castelo na bawat hakbang na ginagawa niya o maging ang mga panayam na ibinibigay niya sa media ay mayroong permiso ng kanyang kliyente.

Liban lamang sa pagkakataong ito kung saan nag-abiso siya sa managing editor ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) na si Karen A. Pagsolingan na walang kinalaman ang aktor sa mga pahayag niya laban sa tinuran ng abugado ni Claudine.

Pagbibigay-diin niya, "...this is between me and Atty. Topacio only..."

Matatandaang nagkita-kita sina Raymart, Claudine at ang dalawa nilang anak noong Linggo, June 28.

Sa ekslusibong panayam ng PEP noong sumunod na araw, June 29, sinabi ni Atty. Topacio na noon pa man ay payag si Claudine na bigyan ng pagkakataon si Raymart na mabisita ang dalawa nilang anak.

Ngunit naging kumplikado lang umano ang usapin tungkol sa visitation rights ni Raymart nang magkontra-demanda ang aktor.

Sabi ni Atty. Topacio: “Bago pa man, nagri-reach out na nga kami na manood si Raymart noon ng dance recital ni Sabina sa Araneta. Dumaldal naman sa media na hindi raw sincere yung offer, so it is the lawyer of Raymart who is actually sabotaging the efforts."

READ: Claudine agrees to set aside differences with estranged husband Raymart Santiago for the sake of their children

RIGHT TO FILE COUNTER-CHARGES. Kontra-pahayag ni Atty. Ruth Castelo ukol dito: “Unfortunately, Atty. Topacio thinks that he and his client have the monopoly of resorting to legal remedies so that he reacts violently when they are similarly taken to court.

“He forgets that these remedies are available to everyone in this country, including my client.

“To set the record straight, they filed the Permanent Protection Order Case against my client. We only followed suit with the Custody Case for my client’s children.”

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Ipinadala ni Atty. Castelo ng kanyang opisyal na pahayag sa PEP ngayong araw, July 1.

Dito ay ipinaliwanag din ng abugada na mayroong basehan ang kanyang pagkuwestiyon sa imbitasyon ni Claudine kay Raymart na manood ng dance recital ng panganay nilang anak sa Araneta Coliseum noong May 29.

“Let me also remind my opposing counsel that his client came out with an interview that her marriage to my client is fake, and accused my client of attempting to kill her in that alleged shooting incident THREE DAYS after the invitation to the dance recital was made. Who in his right mind will not doubt the sincerity of such invitation?”

Matatandaang ibinunyag ni Claudine na diumano’y peke ang civil wedding nila ni Raymart sa panayam ng aktres sa StarTalk noong May 11.

READ: Claudine Barretto claims civil wedding to Raymart Santiago in 2004 was fake discloses recent murder attempts against her

Kasabay nito ay naging usap-usapan din ang diumano’y tangka sa buhay ni Claudine, kaugnay ng insidenteng pagpapaputok ng baril sa bakanteng lote na katabi ng bahay ng aktres.

READ: Claudine Barretto shows letter from security agency claiming shooting incident took place in Malanday

ATTY CASTELO: DON’T BLAME ME. Idiniin ni Atty. Castelo na walang katotohanan ang alegasyong hinadlangan niya ang posibilidad na magkaayos ang estranged couple.

Narito ang kabuuan ng pahayag ni Atty. Ruth Castelo:

“Thanks to Atty. Topacio for giving me too much credit, but I have maintained a good standing in the legal profession for the past twenty years by adhering to the Canons of Professional Responsibility.

“The seasoned lawyer that Atty. Topacio has always claimed to be should know that lawyers do or say things in behalf of their clients ONLY UPON the clients’ consent or approval. Everything I did or said pertaining to the cases referred to by Atty. Topacio have always been with my client’s consent, if not his instruction.

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“Unfortunately, Atty. Topacio thinks that he and his client have the monopoly of resorting to legal remedies so that he reacts violently when they are similarly taken to court. He forgets that these remedies are available to everyone in this country, including my client.

“To set the record straight, they filed the Permanent Protection Order Case against my client. We only followed suit with the Custody Case for my client’s children.

“Let me also remind my opposing counsel that his client came out with an interview that her marriage to my client is fake, and accused my client of attempting to kill her in that alleged shooting incident THREE DAYS after the invitation to the dance recital was made. Who in his right mind will not doubt the sincerity of such invitation?

“Lastly, my client is competently advised through all this legal entanglement by his family and his lawyers. This is evident not only from his actions and reactions but also from the careful but honest statements that he gives to the media.

“Atty. Topacio is happier talking to my co-counsel Atty. Peter Sanchez, because even if we both don’t buy his crap, I’m the one who says it straight to his face, in or out of court. Atty. Topacio probably thinks that putting the blame on me for his failed attempts at bringing my client down will make him the hero in the hopefully happy ending.”

Bukas ang PEP sa panig ni Claudine at ng abugado ng aktres na si Atty. Topacio.


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