The Optimum star clarified that Raymart did not inform their children about his new relationship.
Claudine Barretto broke her silence and stepped up to protect her daughter Sabina Santiago from bashers after Sabina called out her father Raymart Santiago and his rumored new beau AC Legarda.
Read: Is Sabina Santiago upset with her father Raymart Santiago’s new relationship?
In her latest Instagram post, the Optimum Star defended her daughter’s post and explained that Sabina only reacted that way because Raymart has not been transparent about his personal life with their children.
“To make things clear so you understand kahit a bit of what Sab, Saint and I have been going through when Raymart and I separated a few years back I BEGGED him to have that conversation separated parents do to explain that daddy and mommy loves you and will always be there for you both but cannot be together,” she wrote.
Claudine said that conversation “never happened” and she was the one “begging” the actor to attend their counselling sessions.
“It was I who again begged Rayart to go through counselling just the three of them so they would feel loved, safe and secure despite our separation. Also the court ordered that Raymart’s visitations would have been every Saturday,” she said, adding that their judge was “kind enough” to allow him to visit on a weekend even if the court is closed.
Claudine mentioned that Raymart was not consistent in visiting their children but she allows him to visit any time of the day.
“I allowed and still allow him to come & visit the kidsanytime he wants kahit may TPO (temporary restraining order) he goes in and out of our home. It is I who begs Raymart to go to the events in school (pahirapan pa ‘yun & even the Heads of the school calls him para lang um-attend).”
She continued, “It was I who asked Raymart to stay true to his promise both in court and sa akin to undergo counselling but to no avail. Ako rin po ang nagsabi ‘We failed as husband and wife, let us not fail as parents!’”
Claudine’s children attend counselling two to three times a month and she stopped working so Sabina and their son Santino “would feel secure and safe knowing that one parent is there when they need us.”
Bashers speculated that Claudine taught Sabina to post online but she vehemently denied the claim.
“This relationship thing of Raymart isn’t the first in years. There were and are others and I really don’t care. My only request is for him to explain this to my kids but he consistently denies that he has a girlfriend. So he doesn’t feel the need to explain so ok," she said.
“My daughter is being bashed for protecting herself and her brother, when that is the only way she knows how because she cannot open or talk to her Dad who by the way does not visit once a week,” Claudine added.
The actress reiterated that she wants what’s best for Raymart but she also admitted that their daughter was hurt and described it as a “low blow.”
“Everyone has the right to be happy and believe it or not that is something I want Raymart to have but is it so hard to explain?”
She also took pride in being a good and responsible mother and so she thanked the moms and everyone who understood their situation.
“As much as I don’t want to put Raymart in a bad light, our child is being bashed. You all can say many things about me but if there is one thing I can be proud of is that I am a damn good mom! I don’t coach or talk bad about their father because he has proven that very well to them. I would never put hatred in my children’s minds and heart.”