Atty. Topacio, legal counsel for Claudine Barretto, has been dragged in numerous issues involving him and his client. Since he started representing the actress, rumors has it that his relationship with Claudine is beyond professional – as suggested by his alleged Asian cruise trip with Claudine, their exchanging of expensive gifts, and a viral photo showing them both enjoying fish balls on the street. Some say his services for Barretto is also done pro bono.
Barretto rushed to his defense. “Kung lahat nga ng mga lalaki sa mundong ito ay kagaya ni Attorney Topacio, masaya lahat ng mga babae sa mundong ito!” she said when Face The People hosts Edu Manzano and Gelli de Belen sought her reaction about rumors involving her and her legal counsel.
Meanwhile, various entertainment columnists took their sides on the issues involving the actress and her lawyer. For showbiz reporter Danny Batuigas, it is obvious that Claudine and Atty. Topacio are having an affair. But showbiz radio host Richard Pinlac asserts that the relationship of Atty. Topacio and Claudine should not be given malice since Atty. Topacio is already a family man.
In the end, Claudine zeroes in on her husband, actor Raymart Santiago, whom she and Atty. Topacio accuse of being an irresponsible father for going out of town just in time for his daughter’s birthday. Claudine also claims that she’s a battered wife and that their civil wedding was falsified.
Will the Claudine-Raymart saga finally end on Face The People or will Atty. Topacio’s revelations further fuel the issues? Don’t miss this controversial episode of Face The People this Monday, 10:15 AM on TV5 before Let’s Ask Pilipinas!