Raymart Santiago Answers Claudine Barretto's AllegationsRaymart Santiago finally broke his silence regarding the allegations being hurled against him by his estranged wife, Claudine Barretto. The actor said it's about time he answer the allegations being thrown his way.
For a long time, his counsel Atty. Ruth Castelo was the one who answered Claudine's allegations because Raymart did not want to stoop down to the actress' level. However, enough is enough for Raymart. He deemed it his duty to clear his name.
He wants the people to know what is really happening in his case with Claudine. He first answered the issue about their "fake marriage."
Raymart said they were wed in 2004 in Isabela City by the mayor. This was two years before their marriage in Tagaytay City in 2006.
He clarified that their marriage wasn't fake. Instead, they weren't able to file the marriage immediately after the ceremony, so it was a late registration.
Claudine said earlier that it was a mistake and also a sin for them to live together from 2004 to 2006 because what they had was a fake marriage.
"Sa akin, yung pinakasalan ko siya, malinis ang konsensiya ko nung hinarap ko siya sa harap ng mayor at paglabas namin dun sa kuwarto e alam kong kasal kami."
Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, Claudine's lawyer, said though that the timing of the registration (a month before their March 2006 wedding) was a little suspicious. Atty. Castelo, however, maintained that Isabela City Mayor Cesar Dy already explained why it was belatedly registered.
She explained that the registration of one's marriage does not fall on the groom, but on the solemnizing officer at that time.
Raymart's camp has a document wherein Mayor Dy explained that he wasn't able to take care of the marriage registration because he was busy at that time.
Claudine said she married Raymart in 2006 even though she knew of the "fake marriage" because she does not want to embarrass their families.
The second issue Raymart answered was about the death threats against Claudine. According to documents from Loyola Grand Villas, no such incidents occur (firing on Claudine).
Raymart was, of course, worried about his children's--Sabina and Santino--safety. The actor accused that Claudine was trying to make it sound like he was the one who's behind these threats.
In Claudine's story that some people fired at each other near her backyard, Raymart said his camp investigated that incident.
"Gumawa kami ng sarili naming imbestigasyon at nalaman-laman namin na wala naman din talagang nangyari. Walang ganung pangyayari."
"Hindi ko alam anong balak niyang gawin sa akin. Kung siraan niya ako in public, hindi ko alam, e."
All he has are the documents that prove he is telling the truth. He granted the interview because he wants to clear his name that he is not threatening Claudine's and his children's lives. "Gusto ko rin klaruhin sa inyo, sa mga tao na walang ganung nangyayari at meron kaming papeles na hawak."
However, according to Atty. Topacio, security personnel confirmed that a gunning incident happened near Claudine's house. The Marikina police also confirmed this since the back of Claudine's house is not anymore part of the village. Since that's the configuration of her house, any incident behind her house should be reported to the Malanday police station.
The LGV security and the Malanday police station both said there were no reports about such incident.
Raymart doesn't want to get affected by these issues, but he is worried about his family, especially his mother. "Nandiyan naman sila palagi sa tabi ko. Pero ako pa rin ang huling say."
His family has long wanted him to talk about the issues, but Raymart said he will only address such issues at the right time. Raymart is not only thinking about the issues, but also about the fact that Claudine is still the mother of his children.
Right now, Raymart has no intention aside from clearing his name. He just wants the people to know that whatever it is that he's saying, they all have proof to back it up.
He also wants to focus on the custody battle for his children. He wants to be a part of their lives.
"Kaya nga po, pinaglalaban ko yung custody ng mga anak ko dahil sa siyempre, gusto ko lumaki ang mga anak ko na may takot sa Diyos, marunong sumunod sa mga magulang, yung values, kaya iyon ang pinaglalaban ko."
Raymart is trying to reach out to his kids, but he is being rejected by Claudine. In fact, he offered help one time, but it was returned to him too. That's why, he already decided that he will just do what the court orders him to do.
Since Claudine filed the charges against him, he only saw Sabina and Santino a total of one hour.
There was also a time during Sabina's birthday that he went to her school to see her and give her a gift. When Claudine learned this, she forbade Sabina to go to school for a day.
On Valentine's Day, he wanted to visit his kids too. When Claudine learned about his plan, she did not let them go to school for two weeks.
Raymart has kept all the documents about these failed visits because someday, he wants to show his kids that he tried to reach out to them.
Sabina will hold a dance recital at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on May 29. Will he attend? How can he, Raymart asked, when he could only watch but not go near her.
"Papaano yun? E, di hihingi na lang ako ng kuha ng Startalk 'tapos panoorin ko na lang nang panoorin. Gusto kong iparating sa anak ko, 'Sabina I love you and congratulations in advance.' Alam kong magaling magsayaw 'yan, e."
Asked if there's a possibility for reconciliation, Raymart said he has already closed his doors. "Kung ang tatanungin niyo, wala na po akong nararamdaman. Siguro sa dami ng sakit na binabato sa akin. Marami na siyang masyadong nasaktang tao."
Is he open to meeting someone in the future? For now, Raymart is focused on his kids and only God knows if he will meet someone again someday.
He is also focused right now on the cases they filed against each other because he already wants to pursue the annulment case he filed against Claudine.
This coming Father's Day, Raymart only has one wish: to see his children and be with them. "Sana naman po mapagbigyan akong makasama, makapiling ko yung anak ko."