Saying that she has been under emotional stress for the past few days, actress Claudine Barretto on Monday filed a temporary protection order (TPO) against her husband before the Marikina Regional Trial Court.
Ferdinand Topacio, Barretto’s legal counsel, said the actress had been hesitant in filing the complaint.
“She has been under intense and tremendous emotional stress. Mula pa po noong Sabado nung pinatawag niya po ako. Actually, nagdadalawang-isip po talaga siya,” Topacio said.
He said Barretto wanted to protect herself and her children.
“Kami ay umaasa na ito ay agarang maaprubahan. Ang hinihiling namin dito ay hindi makalapit si Raymart sa aking kliyente at sa mga bata, na hindi po magkaroon ng actual physical threat. Marami po kaming hinihiling doon sapagkat napagkaalaman namin na may mga armas na pag-aari, high-powered firearms si Mr. Santiago at ito po ay kasama sa TPO pati ang pagbibigay ng suporta,” he said.
“Sana ay bigyan natin ng privacy si Ms. Barretto dahil ito po ay it was a very painful decision for her to make. Talagang namilipit siya ng husto, physically, emotionally, mentally bago niya napagdesisyunan ito,” he added.
Claudine and Raymart had been separated for more than a month.
Last month, Claudine alarmed her followers on the image-sharing service Instagram when she posted a photo showing her face with what appears to be a bruise.
Singer-actor Randy Santiago said he believes his younger brother Raymart is not capable of hurting Barretto when asked by media if his sister-in-law was a battered wife.