Marjorie Barreto’s Photo Scandal & The Barretto Telenovela
By N Mark Castro
Former-Starlet-Turned-Local-Politician Marjorie Barreto. whose claim to fame was being the sister of another sexy starlet (Gretchen Barreto), is right in the middle of yet another scandal in the ongoing live telenovela of the Barreto Sisters … this time, semi-nude photos of her that she vehemently denies.
But let’s recap:
The Barretto Family Drama has all the elements of a bad Shakespearean play: two warring sides – the mother (Inday Barretto) and sister Gia Barretto-Reyes) on one hand, and a celebrity figure (Gretchen Barretto) and her brother Joaquin on the other.
The drama casts Gretchen, her sisters Marjorie and Claudine, and niece Julia, with each individual having their own sub-plots of drama.
At the center of it all is Gretchen Barreto, a one time sex symbol in Philippine cinema that enthralled a nation due to her supposed middle-class upbringing. She was living in at the time with popular basketball star Joey Loyzaga. When her film career ended, so did her relationship; but she did manage to snag one of the richest men in the Philippines, Antonio “Tony Boy” Cojuangco, although she would never be accepted in the discriminating genteel high society of Manila.
Unconfirmed rumour has it that she and Tony Boy Cojuangco have parted ways, but not without her playing coy and mysterious in a recent TV interview.
The youngest of the brood, Claudine Barreto was one-time Philippines’ Sweetheart. From a young teenage actress, she tried to carve her own artistic name in Philippine cinema and became a multi-awarded film and television actress, entrepreneur and product endorser from the Philippines. Married to former matinee idol Raymart Santiago of the Santiago Clan, the two were likewise embroiled in a warpath with the Tulfo Brothers when they allegedly accost columnist Ramon Tulfo who was covering Claudine Barreto’s violent outburst at the airport.
Rumours have it that Claudine and Raymart have gone on separate ways. Some say it’s because of her violent behavior.
And then there’s Julia Barreto — the root cause of all this “”beautiful mayhem.
That aside, Julia is part of the newly launched Star Magic Circle, Batch 19 which, according to delicious rumours, film and TV projects that Claudine tried to block.
There went the ballgame.
Gretchen joined in the fray, protecting her niece Julia. Marjorie of course sided with her daughter and sister. What they didn’t expect was that their mom, Inday Barreto, would join in to defend her youngest daughter, Claudine.
Gretchen gets the support of her own brother Jayjay, who is under her employ. Another sister, Gia, who’s based in Boston, joined to side with their mom and Claudine.
It’s the best and most confusing live telenovela no scriptwriter could have imagined. The Barreto Family Feud.
But to add a serious twist to the entire drama, comes now Marjorie Barreto’s alleged photo scandal.
When this beautiful photo came out in the social media, the Philippine netizens were quick to distribute it globally while Marjorie Barreto was quick to deny it.
“No. That’s not me. I would never do something like that. That’s not my nature,” Barretto told entertainment site Pep.ph
It’s very challenging to disprove the pictures as my graphic designer told me that the nature of the pixels were plated enough to be real.
I would have let go of the entire episode, leave it untouched, and pity the sad plight of the Barreto Sisters when, suddenly, news reports have it that Atty Lorna Kapunan, powerhouse celebrity legal counsel for Marjorie Barretto, informed News5 through a text message on Tuesday morning that circulating the photos involving her client “is a blatant violation of Republic Act 9995 or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009″.
Two things came to mind:
1. If it’s not her, as she loudly proclaims, then what “blatant violation” has been committed?
2. If the distribution is outside the legal jurisdiction of Philippine laws, how do you intend to enforce it?
Now I’m glued.
Posted on May 7, 2013, in General, Politics and tagged barreto sisters, claudine barreto, gretchen barreto, inday barreto, joey loyzaga, julia barreto, marjorie barreto, philippine entertainment, raymart santiago. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.