Kapuso actor Raymart Santiago feels that the second video of the much ballyhooed NAIA brawl, which surfaced recently, is not what it all seems.
The new video seemingly shows that Raymart’s camp started the fight, as a man in pink—believed to be a friend of the couple’s—is seen hitting veteran columnist and broadcaster Ramon Tulfo on the head using his left arm. But according to Raymart, this scenario still isn’t the first part of the fracas.
“Alam mo naano rin ako dahil hindi naman ‘yung first part nu’ng video. Bale may first part pa ‘yan, ‘yung una niya akong sinuntok at sinipa tapos nagkaroon ng awatan,” Santiago explained on “Showbiz Central,” May 27.
He shared, “That was the video ‘yung dulong part ng first part, ‘yung bago sinipa si Claudine.”
On speculations that it was actually his camp that hit Tulfo first, Santiago reiterated his earlier statement.
“Lilinawin ko, hindi po ‘yan ‘yung unang part ng video. ‘Yan ‘yung dulo ng first part. ‘Yung first part kasi ‘yun ‘yung tinulak niya ako at sinipa niya ako. Nagkaroon ng konting suntukan, nagkaawatan. Actually, ‘yung video na ‘yan [ay] parang nagkakahamunan. ‘Sa labas na lang tayo, sa labas.’”
He then explained what transpired as the video caught a man hitting Tulfo on the head.
“‘Yung kaibigan kong gumano’n, kung papansinin n’yo parang hinahamon niya palabas. Sa pagka-edit nila parang lumabas na tumama pero hindi tumama ‘yan, parang sumapaw lang. So ‘yung camera niya from behind; sumapaw ‘yon, hindi tumama. ‘Pag in-edit nila paulit-ulit lalabas na tumama pero sa totoo hindi ‘yan tumama.”
Santiago is clueless as to where the second video has come from.
“Naku, hindi ko alam, eh. Kasi ‘yung part na ‘yan, ‘yan ‘yung part na nagkahamunan na. ‘Yung sinipa si Claudine nawawala sa video na ‘yan. Tapos ‘yung unang lumabas ‘yung video, ‘yung nagkaroon ng suntukan ‘yun ‘yung after ng sinipa si Claudine. So ‘yan nangyari before nu’ng kay Claudine noong sinipa [siya], at ‘yung inilabas na video na unang-una ‘yun ‘yung after naman.”
The Kapuso actor stressed that, “‘Yung video na nawawala [ay] ‘yung nasa gitna niyan at saka ‘yung first part.”
He also added, “So inilabas na lang nila ‘yon. Mahirap kasi parang pinutol-putol nila, eh, parang in-edit nila. Two seconds na video tapos pinaulit-ulit nila tapos pinalalabas nila na kampo namin ang nauna, eh, siyempre nakakabuwisit. Tutal nandito na sa korte ‘yan so doon na lang tayo magharap-harap.”
Barretto’s better half again asked for help from people who may have the complete video of what happened.
“Nakikiusap ako sa mga may hawak ng video [na] ilabas nila. Sa tingin ko ang video na ‘yan ay napakaiksi, ‘di ba? Meron naman siguro nu’ng after niyan, ‘yung paninipa niya kay Claudine at bago ‘yung nagkaroon ng suntukan. Ilabas nila, ilabas nila kasi parang pilit na pilit, eh. Parang isang grupo lang ‘yan tapos pinaulit-ulit lang nila. Hindi ko alam.”
Admitting “wala kaming hawak na video ngayon,” Santiago stands firm on his earlier statement that it was Tulfo that hit him first.
“Ang istorya ko ‘yun pa rin mula nu’ng umpisa nu’ng ini-nterview ako doon sa airport, ‘yung nangyari hanggang ngayon ‘yung pa rin ang istorya ko. Hindi magbabago ang istorya ko kasi ‘yun ‘yung nangyari at ‘yun ang prinesent ko sa korte at lalabas din naman ‘yung totoo.”
Atty. Alex Avisado, the couple’s legal counsel, also released a statement regarding the second video.
“At this point we can only reiterate what we said earlier. We cannot form conclusions based on mere seconds of footage, which represents fragments of the true story.”
He believes, “It is important to bear in mind how simple editing or sequencing can easily mislead us.”
“The case is before the proper courts which will undoubtedly base their decisions on the ENTIRE turn of events.”
Claudine’s reaction on second video
Barretto, Santiago shared, is disappointed that second purportedly edited video has surfaced.
“Siyempre, parang…nu’ng una parang ‘yung TPO lumabas kay ‘yon, medyo kampante tapos meron na namang video na ito. Siyempre nabubuwisit [si Claudine] dahil…pati ako nabubuwisit dahil ‘yung part na, ‘yung gitna…kasi may first part at ‘yung dulo nawawala nasa kanila. Imposible naman na ‘yung gitna na part ay nawawala.”
For the most part, the couple had already been thankful about the progress of their case, especially with the issuance of the temporary protection order [TPO] against the Tulfo brothers Erwin, Ben and Raffy, after the three had purportedly made threats against them in their show, “T3 Kapatid Sagot Kita,” the day after NAIA brawl.
“Nagpapasalamat kami at nakuha na naming ‘yung TPO na binigay ng korte at pumabor sa amin. Unti-unti na rin ‘yung katotohanan.”
The surfacing of this new video may have dampened their mood a little but the couple is still hoping they the truth will prevail.
By ALEX VALENTIN BROSAS