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Raymart breaks silence, says Claudine making up stories

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MANILA -- Actor Raymart Santiago denied Tuesday the "accusations" of his estranged wife, actress Claudine Barretto, who filed a temporary protection order (TRO) against him on Monday.

 

The 40-year-old Santiago, in a statement given to ABS-CBN News Tuesday afternoon, said he was forced to speak up for the welfare of his children with the 34-year-old Barretto.

"Matagal akong nanahimik pero dahil sa mga mapanirang akusasyon na ibinabato sa akin, napilitan akong sumagot para na rin sa kapakanan ng mga anak namin," he said.

The couple have two children -- an adopted daughter, Sabina, 9; and a biological son, Santino, 6.

"Walang katotohanan na inabuso ko ang ina ng mga anak ko. At bilang ama, hindi ako gagawa ng hakbang na ikapapahamak ng mga anak ko," Santiago said.

The actor's brother, singer-host Randy Santiago, earlier came to the defense of his younger sibling when rumors surfaced that Barretto appeared to have been a victim of domestic violence.

A photo on the actress' Instagram page, showing her with what appears to be a bruise on her right cheek, first triggered the speculation in June.

The photo was posted and deleted within the same day.

On Monday, July 29, Barretto sought a TPO against Santiago for her and on behalf of their children from the Marikina Regional Trial Court.

Barretto, however, refused to give further details about the TPO, including the reason for the legal step.

"Ayaw ko talagang magsalita. I am not ready to talk. I don't want to talk. I just want to be protected. I just want my children to be protected. 'Yun lang masasabi ko," she said in an interview on radio dzMM.

In his statement Tuesday, Santiago said, "Hindi ko siya pinagbuhatan ng kamay. Maraming mga nakakakilala sa akin na makakapagpatunay niyan."

He brought up the supposed capacity of his wife to "make up stories." This, following a string of controversies involving the actress and a feud among her family members early this year.

"Marami rin ang makakapagpatunay na may kakayahan siyang gumawa ng kuwento," Santiago said.

"Again, I strongly deny her accusations. Lalabas din ang katotohanan. Sasagutin namin ang lahat sa korte sa tamang panahon," he said.

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