Claudine Barretto Says Sister Gretchen Is Behind Her Pa’s Theft CaseClaudine Barretto believes her elder sister Gretchen may be the one behind the theft case filed against her by her former personal assistant Dessa Cadelario Patilan.
The actress filed a counter-affidavit against the case filed against her by Dessa. When asked by the media about Gretchen, Claudine said her sister may be losing her mind already.
Dessa filed a theft complaint against the actress for apparently stealing some P13,550 worth of money and gadgets. She was represented by the same team of lawyers handling Gretchen's cases. But reports said Dessa is a pro-bono client of Atty. Alma Mallonga of the Siguion-Reyna, Montecillo and Ongsiako Law Office.
The incident apparently took place on May 13 this year inside the Santiago's house in Loyola Grand Villas in Quezon City. According to Dessa, Claudine was with Michelle Barretto, Ma. Luisa Ponce Becher, PO3 Pelito Obligacion, PO3 Ibrahim Abdul and PO1 Wilfredo Cahayag when the incident took place.
Claudine believed she has the right to take Dessa's money and properties away based on the case filed against her by the actress. Claudine alleged that Dessa stole expensive things from her.
Claudine said Dessa is just being used by her sister Gretchen. It would be better if they just both go to prison, the actress added. She was saddened, however, that Dessa has to be dragged into the sibling rivalry.
The actress said she is ready to withdraw the case against Dessa if she will only ask for forgiveness. "Iyon lang naman ang hinahantay ko."
Dessa has been in jail for five months. Atty. Mallonga just started to handle her case in September, about the same time the issues between Claudine and Gretchen surfaced.
Atty. Mallonga said she pitied Dessa because at 19 years old, she is already in jail and she has no money. She believed Dessa was wrongly accused of stealing Claudine's money.
As for Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, Claudine's legal counsel, he questioned Dessa's motive. If what she was saying are all true, then why would she only reveal them now? It has already been five months since Claudine filed the case against her and put her in jail.
He added that it was Atty. Mallonga herself who admitted Gretchen's involvement in the case. Atty. Mallonga earlier said Gretchen brought to her attention Dessa's case. However, she was never asked by the older Barretto to take on the said case.
Claudine, on the other hand, didn't want to talk about the allegations thrown her way by estranged husband Raymart Santiago. The actor earlier said Claudine is a drug user, and has been tested positive for different kinds of drugs.
Gretchen backed Raymart's statements. Claudine, however, said she doesn't listen to what Raymart and Gretchen were telling the people about her.
Claudine already denied being a drug user; and through her legal counsel, she indicated that the drugs she was seen injecting into herself are her "beauty secrets."
The actress also showed a recent drug test wherein she tested negative for all kinds of drugs. Raymart earlier showed another drug test wherein the actress was positive for several prohibited drugs.