Marikina Prosecutors Office dismisses 2 cases against Claudine Barretto
MANILA, Philippines – The Marikina Prosecutors Office has dismissed the criminal cases filed by actress Claudine Barretto’s former household helpers against her.
According to a press release, the two resolutions dated July 1 and only released Friday, August 29 showed that the Marikina prosecutors found “lack of sufficient probable cause” on the robbery and grave coercion charges filed by Maria Luisa Becher, and perjury case filed by Dessa Patilan.
The two former helpers of Claudine are facing charges of qualified theft filed by the actress, which is pending before the Marikina Regional Trial Court.
In the same press release, the 8-page resolution in the robbery case signed by assistant city prosecutor Ernesto Ablay Jr. said the complainant was not able to prove the element of force or intimidation against her by the actress.
The perjury charges on the other hand were dismissed by assistant city prosecutor Ricardo Paet, Jr.
On July 24, 2013, the actress accused the two of trying to take pieces of jewelry from her home in Loyola Grand Villas. The former helpers filed charges against Claudine, claiming that she took their personal belongings as well as cellphones and a tablet.
The saga continues between Claudine and estranged husband Raymart Santiago. Claudine previously accused the actor and her sister Gretchen Barretto for playing a role in her legal troubles regarding the robbery case filed against her by her former helpers.
Despite the conflict, the two were recently been seen together with their children in photos, the latest being during their son Santino's birthday, posted on Instagram. – Rappler.com