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Palace on Barretto family feud: ‘It is a very private matter’

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang refused to divulge details of the reported scuffle of the Barretto siblings at their father’s wake.

The alleged confrontation took place last Wednesday in the presence of President Rodrigo Duterte who was visiting the wake of Barretto, father of actresses Gretchen, Marjorie, and Claudine.

“First, it is a very private matter. I don’t think that the public will be concerned with private matters,” said Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo who accompanied Duterte at the wake.

Asked if the scuffle involving the Barrettos surprised Duterte, Panelo said: “Whether nagulat si Presidente o hindi siya dapat ang makakasagot nun at hindi yung nagoobserba sa kanya.”

Gretchen, who had long been estranged from her parents, claimed that everything was going smoothly until her younger sister Marjorie “had a nervous breakdown.”

On one hand, Marjorie warned of “false statements” and “twisting stories” spread by her sisters.

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