Gretchen Barretto vs Nicole Barretto vs Atong Ang vs Claudine Barretto vs Recom Echiverri

The Barretto family is being dubbed as the Kardashians of the Philippines. The difference is that the latter is a family of entrepreneurs and incredibly beautiful people and they have a stable reality show.

The Characters

Gretchen Barretto

Born on March 6, 1970, Gretchen is the fifth child of the late Miguel Alvir Barretto and Estrella “Inday” Castelo Barretto. The actress has been in a relationship with business tycoon Tony Cojuangco for years.

Marjorie Barretto

Born on May 19, 1974, Marjorie is an actress and a former city councilor as representative of second district of Caloocan City, Metro Manila. She is the mother of Julia Barretto.

Claudine Barretto

Born on July 20, 1979, Claudine is the youngest daughter of Miguel and Estrella. She was married to fellow actor Raymart Santiago from 2006 to 2013.

Nicole Barretto

Nicole is not an actress. Her father Joaquin “JJ” Barretto, 57, one of the sons of Miguel and Estrella, used to work as a confidential agent at the Bureau of Immigration.

Charlie “Atong” Ang

Ang is a gambling operator. He is friends with Gretchen and Nicole’s mother Marichi Ramos.

Enrico “Recom” Echiverri

Married to Purificacion Malabanan Echiverri, Recom is a member of the Philippine House of Representatives representing the First District of Caloocan City. He is the father of Marjorie’s fifth child Erich Barretto, 7.


The Drama

On October 16, 2019, Rodrigo Duterte, 74, went to The Heritage Park in Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines for the wake of the patriarch of the Barrettos, who died a day earlier. Before going there, the president of the Philippines was made aware that Gretchen and Claudine were not in good terms with Marjorie.

Trying to be a peacemaker, Duterte asked Gretchen to shake hands with Marjorie. But Marjorie refused and got infuriated instead.

Nicole reportedly attacked Gretchen. The latter retaliated by pulling the hair of her niece and the Presidential Security Group members stopped the fight.

On October 19, 2019, Miguel was laid to rest. Aside from JJ, Gretchen, Marjorie and Claudine, Miguel and Estrella had three other children namely Mito Barretto, 59, Michelle “Mitchie” Barretto, 58, and Gia Barretto-Reyes, 50.

On Instagram, Nicole told a netizen that she was once in a relationship with Ang but Gretchen stole him from her. Nicole added that she went to the United States to move on from the heartbreak.

Also on Instagram, Gretchen denied Nicole’s allegations. Claudine was also previously rumored to be Ang’s girlfriend but denied it.

As usual via Instagram, Gretchen brought up the extramarital relationship of Marjorie and Recom. Gretchen went on to say that Claudine was planning to file a molestation case against Recom.

Ang was previously involved in a controversy that had nothing to do with the Barrettos. In January 2018, Duterte admitted he had called the gaming tycoon to ask him to stop everything illegal at the the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and help the government.

Duterte went to Miguel’s funeral with Senator Bong Go, 45. Here is a clip of their arrival at the wake from Claudine:

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