Despite their longstanding row, Claudine Barretto readily defended her older sister Gretchen Barretto against rumors accusing linking her to businessman Atong Ang.
Claudine's defense came right on the heels of reports that Gretchen supposedly received a "special treatment" at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 after their trip to Bangkok last month.
That incident fired up rumors that Gretchen is now seeing Atong. It may be recalled that Gretchen's been in a relationship with Tonyboy Cojuangco for more than two decades now. Their longtime relationship even brought them their unica hija Dominique Cojuangco.
"Huwag naman. Alam mo, kawawa, huwag naman ganun. Si Tony, malaki ang respeto lahat kay Tonyboy," Claudine started in an interview with PEP.
She also underscored that their family has nothing but respect for Atong.
“Kaibigan lang talaga namin dahil nga nagkataon lang na naging girlfriend niya yung isang pamangkin ko,” explained Claudine.
Claudine even vouched for their "family friend" saying that "Napakabuting tao ni Atong, wala akong masabi diyan."
The seasoned star m suspects that Atong's kind character is what got him embroiled into the fray in the first place.
"Mabuting kaibigan, kaya siguro naano… nabibigyan ng malisya. Huwag naman nilang lagyan ng malisya kasi hindi naman bawal makipagkaibigan sa lalaki, di ba?" she said.
Claudine even pointed out, “At tsaka very much in love si Tony at si Gretchen.
Quite interestingly, Claudine even claimed that she knows her "Ate" and, according to her, infidelity is not something that Gretchen would embark on.
“I mean, hindi kami… ako talaga, mas alam ko, ang ate ko, kaya sila nagtagal ni Tonyboy dahil loyal at faithful ‘yan. Very faithful ‘yan. Masaya, masaya sila ngayon, yung pamilya nila,” she said.
In the end, Claudine is hopeful for such issues against her sister to finally end.
“Sana matigil na ‘yan. Yung tsismis na ‘yan, ewan ko kung meron silang business together or whatever," she said.
“Ako yung una, ngayon yung kapatid ko naman yung binibigyan ng malisya... huwag naman," Claudine ended.