Randy Santiago Defends Brother Raymart Against Claudine Barretto's Latest AccusationsAlthough he would prefer not to interfere into brother Raymart Santiago's and estranged wife Claudine Barretto's marital issues, the singer-actor-director said it is time for their family to come to his brother's defense.
Randy said the issues have gotten too personal to the point that Barretto is using last year's incident with Mon Tulfo against his brother. Last year, the former couple got into an altercation with Tulfo, the brother of Raffy and Erwin Tulfo, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The singer-actor-director said his brother Raymart got into a fight with Tulfo because he was defending Barretto.
“It’s so unfair [for] Raymart. He has kept quiet in all that has been happening. He deserves the protection he needs from his own family who knows him more than anybody.”
Last July 29, Barretto filed a temporary protection order against her estranged husband at the Marikina Regional Trial Court to protect herself and their two children--Sabina and Santino--against the actor.
Barretto, who was reportedly emotional and distraught throughout the whole ordeal, said Raymart was physically abusing her. She was even shown with bruises on her arms. In a photo taken during their daughter Sabina's birthday, the actress was also seen with a bruise on her face.
Randy was surprised by Barretto's accusations and lies against his youngest brother. He didn't think the two of them would resort to filing cases against each other. Randy said what Barretto was telling the media were all lies.
He was also dismayed by the fact that everything should be done in front of the media. They would prefer to keep things quiet, so that the children won't be affected.
“I am so disappointed at Claudine.”
Randy said Raymart is now staying with either their mom, his brother Rowell or him. It is important for the actor to be surrounded by people who believe and support him. He added they are with Raymart in this ordeal.
The two have already separated since May, amid the rumors about Barretto's unstable mental condition and her rift with sisters, Gretchen and Marjorie. Reports said Barretto was advised by a doctor to seek psychological help and to be treated in a mental facility, but her parents refused to.