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Inday puts the final nail in the coffin (so boring na), Part 2
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So here’s the last letter Inday sent to Ricky Lo. (Really hope it’s the last one.)

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It was never my intention to prolong it into the World War III level.
I am back for the last time, now the target of vicious lies and allegations, a leading lady to a teleserye of made-up stories.
I was warned that it is hard to win a war against those evil unless one is evil, too.
I should be afraid having no money and power to get legal assistance. Many offered to talk on my behalf, people not related but have been part of and witness to our family life.
And so having no need for a Limping Cockroach* to come out from a hole for a glimpse of light, I stand up unafraid to correct these vicious lies.

Gretchen ipis

To Tania:
You say you respect me. Please don’t—keep it—you need that for yourself. I don’t need respect from someone like you. I have plenty of it from where I come from.
I know who you are, what you are, but you shocked the world at how you could face the camera so professionally comfortable in lying to tell a story of more than 30 years ago as if you were there when it happened, as if you were part and parcel of our household when not even our cats and dogs know you—tsk, tsk, tsk!—lying to the hilt without batting an eyelash. Unless you were coached to read a prepared story.
1) No, Tania, it is never true that Gretchen’s tuition was not paid. School is top priority of our payables.
2) No money for recess and lunch? I don’t even want to dignify you on that since you are not a dignified one.
3) So you saw Gretchen with a bruise of black and blue? Do you want to insinuate that we did that to her? We have no history of violence. Don’t be dramatic. People might ask you to convince them some more and all these events of 30 years ago, huh?

Tanya Montenegro

To Mother Lily:
Yes, Mother Dearest, it is true that I was the one who used to pick up Gretchen’s checks because she was a minor, remember? But it is not true what you said that you know that not a cent went to her.
The cents went to pay for:
1) car
2) driver
3) yaya
4) gasoline
5) food
6) clothes
7) and others (kulang pa).
I hope you understand being a mother, too. And by the way, we still have the contract we signed with you.

Mother Lily Monteverde

To Robbie Tan:
Thank you, Robbie, for having given Gretchen more work because you thought she needed money for the family.
But for your information and correction, at age 18 she was no longer with us because she was already living in with Joey Loyzaga and our family was already in Iloilo. We did not use her money, period, same way you made good business from the projects you made for her. More power to you.
For the last time on Gretchen being the bread winner, this much I can say: How can she be when her father and I were alive and still are?

robbie-tan-

Accusations and lies that I want to address:
• Gretchen sent her siblings to school? Three of them were already out of school when she joined show business at age 14. The projects she had when she was still under my care were never enough to pay for our:
1) rent
2) electricity
3) food on the table
4) pay for the schooling—all of them on that meager income?

Gretchen Barretto

• The bill for Mr. Barretto’s first heart attack was paid for from a health insurance. The second heart attack that required a bypass, yes, was paid by Tonyboy Cojuangco, something which Gretchen never made us forget. I went to the billing section to settle the bill. I was told that it had already been paid from a PLDT account.
We are eternally grateful to Tony for that sincere generosity.

Gretchen and Tonyboy at Cinemalaya

Gretchen, yes, I am letting you go to set you free from the burden of being a part of our family.
Whatever else you want to exact from us to buoy up your portrayal of a damsel in distress that got you the sympathy and brought you to where you are now? Be happy. At least from this squabble, the truth has finally come out from the talks that have been going on behind our backs about you being an abused child admitted by you when you made sumbat through what you made Jayjay sign.
Joaquin BarrettoJoaquin Barretto's letter

Thank you that we are able to correct the lies before dad and I close our eyes and give back to your father the dignity he deserves for he really is an honest and principled person.
Again, for your sake, to remind you with no apologies for the lack of classy cars, bodyguards and bling-blings, our house, our home was what gave you these: A roof over your head, food in your stomach, clothes on your back and the love and care that you think is lacking when you were a nobody and had nothing. God be with you, as He is with us, now that the truth has set us free.
(Signed) Inday Barretto
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*Special thanks to Ana Zamora for the limping cockroach drawing.

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I am a mother of four kids and there was never a point in my life pre-kids when I thought that I’m going to have children so they can work and be the breadwinner of the family. No need to mention it or ipagyabang if you’re trying to make a point. A child’s place is at school or with friends playing outside. Let them be children because 18 years later, they’ll be gone, going to college and then will be working for the rest of their lives. I think whatever allegations are out there, whether they are lies or the… Read more »

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Lai

Because I work in the entertainment industry, I had the chance to work with Gretchen. I have nothing nice to say about her because she treated the ordinary production crew people like crap. I don’t believe a word she says. It was upsetting to work with her and each and every time we have a shoot, we just wish it would end because we no longer want to work with her because of her attitude.

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Mark Lee Te Go

Everytime I would see a cockroach… i would think of Gretchen.

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LilibethVB64

Kailan kaya ang ending ng telenovelang ito? Ano kaya ang mangyari kay Limping Cockroach? Abangan! Hahaha…..galing ng drawing!

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Si Inday naman, masabi lang na kawawa sya – Pilay na Ipis pa ang naisip! LOL!
Ipis na nga , pinilay pa! haha!
( Sobrang wagi ang illustration ni Ana! )

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These people should create a reality show. Kikita pa sila while indulging in their cat fights

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these people should just shut up and produce a reality show with them as the stars. kikita pa sila while bashing on each other

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It somehow feels like this letter was originally in Tagalog and translated literally word for word in English by Google Translate.

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Just a wild guess, I think she’s alluding to Tanya with the Limping Cockroach description. I know ‘cockroach’ is an alternative word for a low-life. I don’t know about the ‘limping’ part. Maybe Tanya literally walks with a slight limp? LOL

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Nung nakita naming sya ang guest host sa The Buzz, inexpect na naming mag ccrocodile tears sya! Kaya ayun, nanuod na lang kami ng Pitch Perfect. Mas fun pa.

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Doesn’t Inday have anyone proofread any of these before she sends it out to Ricky Lo? I have long given up on the Philippine Start actually editing their own published material (the sports and entertainment sections, in particular), but I really do wish that someone could have gone over this to refine the grammar. Ugggh, and as much as ayaw kong patulan… Ang labo pa rin ng point niya. Parang, she’s taking offense to the implication Gretchen as the SOLE breadwinner of the family, she keeps insisting that Gretchen’s meager (by her standards, but I’m sure it was a lot… Read more »

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andy

what does a limping cockroach mean? :/

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Zel Reply:

Wild guess here: I think it’s Madam Inday’s way of describing has-beens who suddenly crawl out of the woodwork for their two minutes in the spotlight. Weird, since cockroaches scatter when the lights are turned on.

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Wild guess here: I think it’s Madam Inday’s way of describing has-beens who suddenly crawl out of the woodwork for their two minutes in the spotlight. Weird, since cockroaches scatter when the lights are turned on.

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