Claudine Barretto is not a drug addict, says camp-A A +A
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
LAWYER Ferdinand Topacio, counsel of actress Claudine Barretto, denied allegations that the actress is a drug addict.
In a press conference Tuesday at the Rembrandt Hotel in Quezon City, Claudine's camp refuted the allegations of drug addiction by the actress' estranged husband, Raymart Santiago, in an affidavit the actor filed at the Marikina Regional Trial Court last September 24.
Raymart's camp submitted photos and video of Claudine administering alleged illegal drug on herself. He also claimed that his wife inflicted physical harm on him.
Topacio said that Raymart's allegations have no relevance to the violation of the Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act, which was initially filed by his client.
Claudine's lawyer added that the substance injected by the actress seen on the video is an anti-aging medication called Gerovital H3, which is administered to her muscles directly.
Topacio said they have the sworn statement of the registered nurse who supplies the said medication not only to his client, but also to Raymart himself and Claudine's father, Miguel, "For convenience, siya na 'yung nagtutusok ng Gerovital. 'Yun 'yung nakita sa video. Kasi kailangan siya i-inject four to five times a day."
Topacio added that Claudine is taking anti-allergy medication for her chronic urticaria, also known as hives.
"It was very clear that nilabas nila 'yung video para pahiyain 'yung kliyente ko but there’s no truth to the rumors na pinopropogate nila na my client is a drug addict," the lawyer said.
During the press conference, Topacio also released Claudine's drug test results. She received a clean bill for Methamphetamine and Tetrahydrocannaninol last October 11, 2011 and April 8, 2013.
Miguel Barretto, Claudine's father, also spoke to the media and disclosed that he asked her youngest daughter to take another drug examination on Monday as her birthday present to him.
"(Sabi ko sa kaniya) ang gusto ko ay magpa-drug test ka, para mawala na talaga lahat ng bahid na drug addict ka kung pumasa ka. At gusto kong itong araw na ito (September 30, 2013), kasama ako at isang abugado. Kung maari ipa-video natin. Nagulat ako sa sagot ni Claudine. Sabi niya 'okay dad, aantayin ko lang 'yung lawyer then ipapasundo kita," the elder Barretto said.
Claudine, her father and one lawyer went to Hi-Precision Diagnostics in Del Monte Avenue, in Quezon City for the actress to undergo drug test.
"Nandoon 'yung laboratory technician, open 'yung door, 'yung lawyer nasa labas and nakikita ang nangyari. Hinintay naming ang results. Complete ang hinihingi namin, sampu, hindi lang dalawa. Negative and passed lahat," he said.
The actress was also cleared on the following substances: Phencyclidine, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, Ecstacy, Methadone, Methamphetamine, Morphine, Opium and Thetrahydrocannabinol.
"Ngayon, sino ang sinungaling? Ngayon hinahamon ko siya (Raymart) na magpa-drug test rin. Kasi huling kita ko sa kanya sa TV parang may tama. Magpa-drug test siya, ako na magbabayad, para hindi niya sabihin na pinagastos ko pa siya," Mr. Barretto added.
Meanwhile, Claudine became emotional when it was her time to face the media.
Claudine said, "Ako, I owe it to the public because I have to take care of my skin, look good. Siya rin, ginagawa niya rin iyon."
The actress said she took six drug tests to show Raymart that she's not taking illegal substance, but her estranged husband allegedly insisting that she's a drug addict.
"For some reason iyon 'yung pinasok niya sa utak ko (na addict ako). Ako naman, I kept on proving and proving. So, when my dad asked me. Parang, sige na,” Claudine told the media.
Claudine said it was a traumatic experience, something she doesn't want to do again.
"It’s hard for an actress na pumasok ka sa laboratory para manghingi ka ng drug test. It was very humiliating. Ang daming tanong kung para saan. Hindi naman para sa license. So, six times sa buhay ko ginawa ko iyon. And I’m never gonna do that again," she added.
On Tuesday afternoon, Claudine's camp filed violation of RA 4200, also known as Anti-Wire-Tapping Law, at the Marikina City Prosecutors Office against Raymart for filming without her permission. She also claims that video cameras were installed inside their house without her knowledge.
In a telephone interview, lawyer Ruth Castelo, counsel of Raymart, she told Sun.Star that it's up to the court to decide on this matter.
"They can deny everything that he said. We submitted the evidences already and it's up to the prosecutor to determine the validity whether or not our evidences are admissible." (Glaiza Jarloc/Sunnex)