- Gretchen Barretto called out Sen. Ronaldo ‘Bato’ dela Rosa for allegedly “grandstanding” during the Senate investigation on e-sabong
- La Greta, in a social media post, said that Sen. Bato should just “get down to business”
- One of those invited by the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous substances panel is Charlie ‘Atong’ Ang, a ‘close friend’ of the former actress
- The Senate launched its investigation on e-sabong after the reported abduction on separate occasions of more than thirty 'sabungeros'
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Gretchen Barretto called out Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous substances committee chairman, Sen. Ronaldo ‘Bato’ dela Rosa, for allegedly “grandstanding” during the panel’s investigation on e-sabong.
The former actress, in her IG Stories, posted a video recording of the ongoing investigation, with what seemed to be her voice in asking Sen. Bato to “stop grandstanding” and just “get down to business.”
Gretchen Barretto, pinuna ang umano’y mamahaling relos na suot ni Sen. Bato dela Rosa: “Saan kaya nanggaling?”
“Get down to business, Bato. Stop grandstanding, just get down to the investigation,” the voice that sounded like Gretchen was heard saying.
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The Senate panel launched the investigation after reports of alleged abductions of a number of ‘sabungeros’ surfaced.
According to a GMA news report, thirty-four ‘sabungeros’ have been reported missing and were allegedly abducted on separate occasions.
In the Senate investigation that ensued, Charlie ‘Atong’ Ang’s name came up and linked to the sabungeros disappearance.
Atong, a ‘close friend’ of La Greta, has denied involvement in the alleged abduction.
Gretchen Barretto is a well-known actress in the Philippines and the sister of actors Claudine and Marjorie Barretto. She has been in a relationship with business tycoon Tonyboy Cojuangco for almost three decades now but the latter is still legally married to Denise Yabut, his first wife. They have a daughter named Dominique Cojuangco.
Last year, Gretchen came out to deny that Atong Ang criticized presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos. Barretto released a statement after a fake Atong Ang quote surfaced online criticizing the former senator. The actress stated that Ang never meddles in politics and that the fake quote was spread by a business rival. Ang will release a statement later to make it clear that he did not criticize Marcos, according to Barretto.
La Greta and her relationship with Atong was also the topic of Nay Cristy Fermin in one of the episodes of Cristy Ferminute in September of 2021. The socialite and former actress trended because of the goods she sent to people in the showbiz industry. Nay Cristy then talked about it, saying that the rice being distributed by Gretchen’s team came from Atong Ang’s farms. The talk show host even commended the said rice and described it as, “maputi”, “malambot” and “masarap.”