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Talent manager-film producer-and-media practitioner, netizens debunked Claudine Barretto’s claim that the late Rico Yan admired Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

The actress, who now runs as a councilor in Olongapo City, previously claimed that the late Kapamilya actor, Rico Yan, would have supported the presidential bid of the defeated 2016 vice-presidentiable Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr, had the latter been alive today.

The talent manager-film producer-and-media practitioner recently fired back at actress-turned-politician Claudine Barretto for claiming that the late Kapamilya actor was a true-blooded supporter of the former dictator’s son.

‘Let us not use his memory in vain or for personal gain,” pleaded film producer Noel Ferrer (Muli, Daybreak) in an Instagram post that seemed to call out actress-turned-politician Claudine Barretto. 

The actress, who now runs as a councilor in Olongapo City, previously claimed that the late Kapamilya actor, Rico Yan, would have supported the presidential bid of the defeated 2016 vice-presidentiable Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr, had the latter been alive today.

Barretto made the claim when a netizen commented “Yan would not have been proud of her presidential choice if he were alive” on her Instagram post where she openly declared her support for Bongbong Marcos. 

Barretto responded by telling the fan that Yan “admired” Marcos Jr. and even the Dutertes. “…Rico looked up to these people,” she said, referring to the Marcoses and Dutertes. 

She also shared that her whole clan except Marjorie Barretto and her kids are pro-BBM. 

On twitter, several netizens provided evidence that debunk the actress’s claim. 

An old Martial Law documentary, which featured Rico Yan as a special host, surfaced. 

There is no way Rico Yan would support the son of a dictator. Please take time and watch his documentation. Plus, his grandfather General Yan resigned his post in 1972 because he did not want to be involved with the implementation of martial law.” shared Twitter user @forcorics, who made follow-up tweets.

The said documentary is an episode of the now-defunct ABS-CBN show, The Correspondents. The said episode shed light upon the atrocities of the Marcoses during the Martial Law. 

It was aired in time for the 27th anniversary of Martial Law in September 1999. Yan, through the documentary, tracked the beginning of what can be called one of the darkest eras in Philippine political history, to the downfall of the Marcoses, and the eventual return of democracy. 

It was revealed in the said episode, that Rico Yan’s grandfather, Gen.Manuel Yan Sr., himself, was among the first AFP generals who did not support Marcos’s declaration of the Martial Law.

Ferrer similarly debunked Barreto’s claim, by sharing his recollection of Yan via an Instagram post: “FACT CHECK. I was with Rico Yan at the EDSA People Power Anniversary that celebrated the overthrowing of a dictator plus his family and cronies. Let us not use his memory in vain or for personal gains. Rico – and his family for that matter, deserve better. God bless them Fr. @titocaluag , right?” he shared in a caption to a photo that showed Rico Yan hosting the said anniversary celebration. 

Barretto also earned flak from netizens and fans of Rico, alike. “Not Claudine putting words on a dead person’s mouth?” Raven said in all uppercase letters.

Twitter user, Blaire, meanwhile, asked Claudine to stop bothering Rico, “for once, can she just stop bringing uprico yan’s name in everything that she does? its been 20 fuvking years let the man rest in peace.p.s i dont think rico yan will support your choice, claudine,” she shared.


Yan was Barretto’s ex-boyfriend before the actor’s demise on March 29, 2002.

Written by JE C.C.

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