Despite the gag order issued to their camp by family court judge Geraldine Macaraig, actress Claudine Barretto's counsel, Atty. Ferdinand Topacio nevertheless claimed that his client has felt in danger in the presence of her now estranged husband, Raymart Santiago hence the seeking of the Temporary Protection Order.
"May mga ginagawa si Mr. Raymart Santiago na nalalagay sa panganib ang kanyang [Claudine] kaligtasan pati narin ang kaligtasan ng kanyang mga anak," Topacio told "The Buzz" via a taped interview aired on August 4.
Last Monday, July 29, Barretto sought a Temporary Protection Order against Santiago for her and their children, which bars the latter to come within 300 meters near them. Although Santiago has categorically denied allegations of him abusing his wife via a statement sent to "The Buzz," Topacio claimed that he has done actions that endangered his client.
"Hindi ko sinasabing may pisikal na pananakit. In general terms, siyempre kung may ginagawa ka sa ina ng mga anak at nakikita nila, siyempre hindi maaaring hindi maapektuhan [ang mga bata]," said he.
He added, "At sa ilalim ng batas, yung mga bata ang pinaka-vulnerable kasi hindi nila nauunawaan kung ano ang nangyayari."
Topacio likewise added that Barretto has endured the said feeling of being "endangered" since 2005.
"Ito ay kanyang pinagtiisan alang alang na lamang sa kanilang relasyon pati narin sa kailang mga anak, nung nagkaanak na sila. She really tried to make it work ngunit dumating na sa punto na hindi na niya kayang tiisin," Topacio stated.
Bur due to the rescheduling of the hearing for the TPO, which was supposed to take place last Tuesday, July 30, the order has yet take effect, according to Topacio.
Meanwhile, aside from deciding whether to grant the TPO or not, the court, if the TPO is granted, will also be responsible in setting the parameters of Santiago's visitation rights for their two children: their adopted daughter, Sabina, 9 and their biological son, Santino, 6.
Amid the complicated situation that the couple are currently in, Topacio said on "The Buzz" that the TPO has nothing to do with the state of the estranged couple's wedding or whether or not they should already divide their properties among them.
To this date, Barretto remains tight-lipped as to the details why she decided to seek a TPO against Santiago.