Through a letter, Gretchen Barretto, confirmed that her youngest sister Claudine Barretto is using prohibited drugs. Her letter addressed to pep.ph is circulating online today, Oct. 3, 2013 (Philippine time) and if you are a fan of both parties (Claudine and Gretchen) you will notice the sincerity of the older Barretto.
According to Gretchen, she was forced to get out of her shell and tell the truth regarding the real condition of her younger sister. It can be remembered that her mom, Inday Barretto along with her dad, Miguel Barretto disowned her due to the issues concerning the health condition of Claudine.
Here is a part of Gretchen Barretto's official statement sent to pep.ph
I have suffered long and hard in silence all through the verbal, physical, financial and, most painful of all, emotional abuse from my very own parents. In April 2013, in spite of the attacks on my character from my mother (who publicly disowned me) and Gia Barretto-Reyes (who fabricated stories), I chose to deal with my pain privately.
Today, after the false statements made by my father, I feel I've earned the right to say my piece. As to whether they are bad parents or they raised bad children—we all know that all children are born good and pure. How they turn out, whether good or bad, will reflect on the parents.
I recall from a very young age my mother saying when asked how many children they have, would say "I have 7 monsters" and maybe in her eyes, we were and still are. It pains me to be depicted by our parents as the ‘bad children’ who are only out to ‘bully’ Claudine. Everyone knows NO ONE can bully Claudine! No one will dare.
We did not reject our parents. They rejected us. Sadly, they mistake our concern as envy, and our refusal to support their lies as betrayal. Whether they believe it or not, we care for Claudine. However, the Claudine that we see and experience now is not the Claudine we used to know.
In my quiet moments, I am in desperate search of that Claudine. The sweet Claudine, the loving Claudine, the caring Claudine. Our hardworking and successful baby sister who brought so much pride and joy to the family. In a perfect world when I dream everything and anything is possible, I'd like to believe that I can see the vibrant, loving, caring, generous and beautiful Claudine, come back.
I believe that it is up to my parents to own up to the truth to make this possible. It is not important now to point fingers as to who, what, why. We do not need to cover up anyone's stories or put up a front to avoid shame. We are beyond that. We hear Claudine's cry for help. Why can't you?
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