As the Barretto family feud continues to escalate, Marjorie Barretto has finally addressed her relationship with former Caloocan City Mayor Atty. Enrico “Recom” Echiverri.
“Recom Echiverri is the father of my youngest daughter. That’s all I have to say,” Marjorie said during an exclusive interview with broadcast journalist Karen Davila, which was aired over TV Patrol Tuesday evening.
Marjorie’s revelation — a confirmation of a long-standing rumor in showbiz circles — came as the politician’s name got dragged into her ongoing fight with sisters Gretchen and Claudine.
To recall, it was last year when Marjorie shocked the public by introducing via Instagram her youngest child named Erich. She didn’t name then the father of the child now seven years old.
Her four other kids are Dani with former boyfriend Kier Legaspi, and Julia, Claudia and Leon with former husband Dennis Padilla.
Marjorie’s Instagram carries several posts that show how proud she is of her children.
Nevertheless, when asked what she would say to people disappointed in her involvement with the politician, Marjorie admitted that she’s not very proud of the fact that she fell in love with a married man.
“I’m not perfect, Karen. I’m very strong in many ways pero sa pag-ibig talagang mahina ako.
“I’m sorry. I’m not very proud of it. That is the reason why I was not announcing it to the public, not so that I was…
“I wasn’t claiming to be perfect. Pero ayoko ng makasakit ng ibang tao pa. Maraming masasaktan eh, kung magiging garapal ako eh. Hindi ba? That’s the reason why I kept it.
“I’m sorry. I’m not perfect. Mali po talaga, I fell in love with a married man. Pero ito na po yun eh. Ito na po yun.”
Marjorie also addressed the Instagram posts of Gretchen that said Claudine was going to file a molestation case against Echiverri.
She slammed the allegation, saying: “This is not new to me kasi si Gretchen tuwing gusto niya mag torture sa pamilya, she sends people texts. Yung mga pamilya ko, mga sister-in-law ko, she sends texts.
“Nung March palang nagte-threaten na siya niyan na, you molested Claudine, si Recom nga daw. Pati mga anak ko na molestiya daw, but you know Karen, that’s Gretchen’s favorite word.
“She said my father molested her when she was young and now she’s saying that even my children who are perfectly okay in their lives, sasabihan niya na molestiya. That’s their favorite word, hugot nila. I don’t know what fantasy that is.”
According to Marjorie, this had something to do with money matters involving Echiverri and Claudine.
She said, “Sometime before March, Claudine asked for financial help from Recom. Okay, I was against it, because we were really not in good terms with Claudine. I said delikado. Delikado to associate with her. She’s unstable. I will not say more, okay.
“But he said, ‘Pag hindi naman natin tinulungan, baka sa iba humingi ng tulong at mapahamak.’
“So with a heavy heart, I let him. So tinulungan niya si Claudine. To our surprise, we never thought it was a set-up. And it was intended to hurt me, to harm me and destroy his person when all along, all he really wanted to do, was to help her.
“After that, hindi ko na alam. Maybe, I think, Mayor Echiverri is perfectly capable, he is a lawyer also, to answer that.”