Rumors About Claudine Barretto And Atty. Ferdinand Topacio Spreads Like WildfireThe rumor mill is working overtime again as it noted the extreme closeness between Claudine Barretto and her legal counsel, Atty. Ferdinand Topacio. Netizens have been criticizing the unusual client-lawyer relationship between the two.
Based on their Twitter and Instagram posts, the two have grown closer ever since Topacio handled Barretto's case against estranged husband Raymart Santiago. Even Barretto's children, Sabina and Santino, are growing close to the lawyer.
In her tweets, it is noticeable how the actress thanked Topacio for treating Sabina and Santino. She also posted pictures of them on social networking site Instagram.
One of her followers asked the actress why Topacio was with her all the time. Some said he may want to be a father figure to Barretto's children. On the other hand, some of the actress' followers thanked Topacio for taking care of Barretto's case against Santiago.
Barretto clarified she and her attorney are just friends, and she even regularly talks to his wife. However, their recent Twitter exchanges may show otherwise.
The actress tweeted: "@FerdiTopacio Been trying to call u. Uwi ka na.” To which, Topacio replied: "Hi clau on my way home tom. Miss you, Sab and Santino, Meeting agad pagdating ko, ha? Blessed Sunday to all of you."
Barretto explained the lawyer was in Vietnam and she and his wife were trying to reach him, not knowing that it is only through Twitter that he can be contacted.
Afterwards, the actress thanked those who are supporting her in this ordeal. She added that Topacio is now her "bestfriend" and "protector."
Meanwhile, Topacio also denied the accusations. He said it's natural for him to be close to his clients because of the nature of cases he handles. He noted that he also grew close to Yasmien Kurdi who filed a sexual harassment case against Baron Geisler in 2011.
"They're in a state where they are emotionally vulnerable. You have to show them understanding and kindness."
He also said he is flattered that Barretto thought he is her bestfriend and protector since she has to divulge all her secrets to him.
"Because gano’n naman talaga kapag may lawyer ka. Lahat ng information na dapat mong ibigay [ibibigay mo], in order for the lawyer to effectively protect you. Kailangan walang secrets between laywer and client. I think that's what she means."
Topacio added he is a happily married man, and he wants to act as a father figure to Sabina and Santino who have not been seeing their father.
This is not the first time that Topacio was linked to another client. He was linked to Bea Binene, 15, last year. Both parties denied the rumors.