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Dennis Padilla says Julia Barretto’s petition to change her name is still on going

The actor gets emotional while talking about his bittersweet Father's Day.

BY
Rhea Manila Santos

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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06/23/2015 08:06 PM
Dennis Padilla says Julia Barretto’s petition to change her name is still on going
062315-dennie_mainphoto.jpgAfter a very public reconciliation with daughter Julia Barretto before her debut earlier this year, Dennis Padilla revealed he has yet to hear from her again since March.
 
Siyempre gusto ko sila makausap. Gusto ko sila makasama. Nung debut ni Julia, one year kaming hindi nagkita-kita ng mga anak ko. Isang taon and then nagkita kami sa debut and her graduation which is magkalapit lang. March 10 yung debut and March 21 yung graduation. After that hindi na kami nagkita. Masakit yun pag tatay ka tapos iisa lang yung industriyang ginagalawan niyo and sometimes siyempre nakakapagod mag-reach out. And I still have other children. Siyempre unfair din dun sa ibang anak ko. So dito muna ako, meron pa nga akong three year old na boy eh. Dito muna ako,” he shared during the grand presscon of The Break Up Playlist held today, June 23, inside the ABS-CBN compound.
 
Even during Father's Day, Dennis said it was a bittersweet celebration for him because of his estrangement with his children with Marjorie Barretto.
 
Nung Father's day ang unang nag-text sa akin ng mga seven ng umaga was Criselda Navarro of Star Magic kasi handler siya ni Julia ‘di ba? I texted her back. Siguro na-sad ako kaya ang sabi ko, 'Buti ka pa.' Tapos sabi ko thanks for the greetings. Siguro after an hour or two nag-text si Julia. Sabi niya, 'Happy Father's Day Papa.' Tapos ang sinagot ko, 'Salamat. Mag-ingat kayo lagi.' Sumagot siya ng, “What's your plan?' Sabi ko, 'Dito lang sa bahay. Your kuya Luis and Ate Diane will be coming. Merienda lang.' Tapos hindi na siya nag-reply. (After her debut) I text her once in a while, mga once a week dati or twice a week and then naging once a month, minsan once in three weeks. Minsan sunod-sunod ako ang nag-te-text. Well siguro sa sampung text ko nakaka-text back siya ng once. Mga ganun yung ratio,” he recalled.
 
The Break Up Playlist actor couldn't help but become teary-eyed while facing the media at the event when asked if his daughter makes the effort to reach out to him by sending messages or calling him.
 
No. Kahit birthday ko no. Christmas and New Year no. Ako nauuna always. Nasa Amerika sila nung Christmas. I texted Juia kasi I don't have the number of Leon and Clawie. I texted Julia, 'Merry Christmas anak. Kung saan man kayo I love you.' And then siguro after mga two days she texted me back. Ang sabi niya lang, 'Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Papa.' Ganun lang. Masakit eh,” Dennis said.
 
Even though Julia posted a sweet Father's Day message on her Instagram account, Dennis told the press Julia never sent it to him. “Siya ba yun? Kasi ang daming poser ng Julia Barretto kasi hindi ko na alam alin. Alam niyo ba sa paniniguro ko kung sino si Juia Barretto sa Facebook, in-add ko silang lahat. Wala akong Instagram eh, sa Facebook ko nakita. So pag merong naga-add sa akin na Julia Barretto, may Jules Barretto pa eh. Alam mo hindi ko alam kung alin sa kanila ang totoo. Pag maganda naman ang sinasabi, in-add ko na lang lahat. Tatlo ata or apat . Hindi ko alam kung which one yung totoong siya. Wala akong Instagram eh.” (continued on next page)
 
 
062315-dennie_mainphoto.jpgDespite how it makes him feels, Dennis said he understands where Julia is coming from.
 
Alam mo hindi ko rin maalis dun sa bata kasi siyempre natatakot din siguro siyang mag-reply sa akin lagi or tumawag sa akin lagi or makipagkita sa akin kung gusto ko siyang makita. Siyempre nagiingat din siya dahil siyempre ayaw din niyang ma-offend yung mother niya,” he explained.
 
When it comes to his daughter’s ongoing petition to have his surname dropped from their names, Dennis says he hopes Julia will pull through with her announcement to withdraw the petition.
 
Eh sana maayos agad. Hindi mo alam kung kelan matatapos buhay mo eh. Hidni naman sa edad yan. Eh paano kung madedo ka bigla? Talking of nadedo bigla, si Mark Gil ka-edad ko lang yun eh. 53 lang yun eh. Nung huli akong nagtanong kay Julia, sabi ko, 'Julia I heard that you announced na you will be withdrawing the petition to take off my family name.' tapos sabi niya, 'Pa, I'm sorry kasi I'm so busy I haven't talked to the lawyers. Hindi pa kami nakapag-meet' Nung sinabi niya sa akin yun mga April. So mag-ju-July na sana magkaroon siya ng time ma-meet yung mga lawyers niya. Or utusan niya na sabihin sa lawyers niya na, 'Nagpa-presscon na ako at sinabi ko na sa press na wi-withdraw-in ko kaya gawin niyo na yung papers, withdraw-in niyo na.' Pero hindi nman kikilos yung lawyers mo ng walang utos ng kliyente. Hindi na puwedeng pigilan si Julia ngayon. 18 na yun eh. Pagka-gusto niya puwede naman. 18 na siya. Ang sa akin Julia is old enough. Pero kung ako, ako mahal ko lahat ng anak ko. Pero wala akong magagawa kung gusto nilang tanggalin ung apelyido ko. Dala nila yung apelyido ko kasi in-acknowledge ko sila na anak ko sila. Ngayon pag tinanggal nila yung apelyido ko, kayo na mag-interpret dun. Magkahiwalay yung petition so I'm attending sa dalawang hearing. Iba yung hearing kay Julia, iba yung hearing kay Claudia. Kaya I have two lawyers also,” he further explained.
 
When it comes to Marjorie, Dennis said there is no communication at all between them.
 
Ano I never reach out to her. I only reach out to my children. Ewan ko ba. Ang dami namang naghihiwalay na mag-asawa hindi namanumaabot sa ganun eh di ba? Ang dami ngang artistang walang mga tatay hinahanap ang mga tatay nila. Eto baliktad, meron pero gusto tanggalin,” he said.
 
Dennis also admitted he can't help but agree when asked if Julia's popularity has been affected by her family issues.
 
“I'm very happy naman siyempre sikat, maganda, magaling. Pero siyempre kasi ang Pilipino, ang mga fans lalo na ang mga bata, siyempre repect sa father and mother tayo. Kahit kayo, ganun kayo sa parents niyo. Siyempre nakakabawas yun. Kahit naman yung pinakasikat natin na mga artista dahil sa nagpapakita sila ng tunay na pagmamahal sa magulang lalo pang sumisikat.