Despite the gag order issued by the Marikina Family Court towards the camps of estranged couple Claudine Barretto and Raymart Santiago, the former’s counsel, Atty. Ferdinand Topacio with palpable annoyance, rebuffed the latter’s claim that his client is capable of fabricating facts.
Recall that during last week’s “The Buzz” episode, Topacio claimed that "May mga ginagawa si Mr. Raymart Santiago na nalalagay sa panganib ang kanyang [Claudine] kaligtasan pati narin ang kaligtasan ng kanyang mga anak" something which Santiago has categorically denied in a statement and even claimed that certain individuals can prove his accusation about his now estranged wife.
“Ms. Claudine Barretto maybe a good actress but she is not that good of an actress that in a span of several days eh maloloko niya ang isang seasoned lawyer na katulad ko,” a fuming Topacio pointed out during a taped interview aired on “The Buzz” on August 11.
Last August 7, the Marikina Family Court had granted the Temporary Protection Order sought by the actress against her estranged husband for her and their kids. According to the order, Santiago is banned "from inflicting physical, psychological, and mental abuse to Barretto and the kids."
The ruling likewise forbade Santiago from coming "within 300 meters of Barretto, their children, their residence, and the children's schools" and communicating with his estranged wife, their children and even with their househelp. Lastly, he was also ordered not to disclose with the media any details about their case.
For his part, Santiago, thru his lawyers Atty. Ruth Castelo and Atty. Peter Sanchez, filed a Writ of Habeas Corpus, an order which led to their return to the court with Barretto bringing their two children, Sabina and Santino, with her.
After two hours of closed-door hearing, Santiago came out with a positive aura saying that he is “Masaya, masaya lang ako ngayon.”Meanwhile, in a different interview still aired on the same “Buzz” episode Topacio disclosed that the actress was currently “okay.”But according to him, the 34-year-old actress, in the process of their filing of a TPO has come into a sad realization.
“Narealize niya na with the filing nung aming TPO, that was the point na narealize niya na the marriage was over and na wala ng tsansa na maayos pa,” supplied Topacio as to Claudine’s “source of sadness.
He continued that, “She did everything in her power na hindi sila magkahiwalay, na magkaayos sila for the sake of the marriage and for the sake of the children.”
According to reports, the Barretto camp is now considering escalating the TPO to a Permanent Protection Order (PPO).