Nagbitiw na si Atty. Ferdinand Topacio bilang legal counsel ni Claudine Barretto sa ilang mga kasong kriminal na isinampa ng aktres laban sa estranged husband nitong si Raymart Santiago at sa mga dati nitong kasambahay.
Ito ang inihayag ng abugado sa isang maiksing statement na ipinadala niya sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ngayong araw, January 22.
Ngunit paglilinaw ni Atty. Topacio, siya at ang kanyang Topacio Law Office pa rin ang magiging legal counsel ni Claudine sa Violence Against Women and their Children case nito laban kay Raymart.
Narito ang kabuuang pahayag ni Atty. Topacio:
“Please be advised that, with the consent and approval of our client, Ms. CLAUDINE BARRETTO, we have WITHDRAWN as her legal counsel in all CRIMINAL CASES involving her in the Regional Trial Court and Prosecutor’s Office of Marikina City, and in the Department of Justice, including cases involving her former personal assistants.
“We shall, however, continue to represent Ms. Barretto in her case VAWC case against Mr. Raymart Santiago, including the issues of custody and support consolidated therewith, which is nearing resolution, until the Regional Trial Court level only.
“It has been our honor and pleasure to represent Ms. Barretto, and we will continue to render to her whatever extrajudicial legal support and advice necessary to protect her interests in the transition period until she finds new legal representation. We wish her success in her future endeavors.”