Claudine Barretto Questions Her PA's Motives In Filing A Theft ComplaintClaudine Barretto's camp believes the theft complaint filed against her by her former personal assistant Dessa Cadelario Patilan is "very suspicious." Dessa's case is being handled by one of the most expensive law offices--Siguion Reyna, Montecillo and Ongsiako Law Office.
The same law firm previously represented Gretchen Barretto and her partner Tonyboy Cojuangco in their cases. Gretchen and Claudine had a previous falling out wherein the former accused the latter of trying to ruin their niece's Julia Barretto's career. She also said Claudine is suffering from psychological problems.
Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, the legal counsel of Claudine, said it is highly suspicious that Dessa just complained about the theft four months after it supposedly happened. According to Dessa, Claudine and several police officers entered her room at the actress' house in Loyola Grand Villas on May 10. They asked her to put her things on the table, which she obligingly did. Claudine apparently took P13,550 worth of cash and gadgets.
Claudine, on the other hand, filed a qualified theft against Dessa last May. Dessa apparently stole expensive jewelries and other things from the actress.
Atty. Ferdinand said the public is very aware that Claudine and Gretchen are still not in good terms. Gretchen earlier took the side of Claudine's estranged husband, Raymart Santiago, on the custody case of their children--Sabina and Santino.
He added that since Raymart left their marital home, he has connived with their former househelpers so they will file cases against Claudine and malign her character.
Claudine and the lawyer have also been rumored to have more than a client-lawyer relationship because they grew very close since Claudine hired him for the cases she filed against Raymart. Both denied these rumors.
In conclusion, the lawyer said Claudine's legal team will protect her from the malicious accusations thrown at her. "As always, our legal team will keep protecting Ms. Claudine Barretto from such harassment suits and we shall never rest until her interests and that of her children, Santino and Sabina, are fully vindicated."