Gambling lord Atong Ang has denied allegations that he was a boyfriend of Gretchen Barretto as he stressed that his relationship with the long-time partner of bilyonaryo Tonyboy Cojuangco was purely business.
“Si Gretchen kasosyo ko sa casino at saka sabong. Si Tonyboy Cojuangco, kasama ko rin sa casino. May junket ako sa mga casino, si Tony kasosyo ko sa Okada,” said Ang in a statement sent to ABS-CBN’s Henry Omaga Diaz.
Gretchen’s sister , Marjorie, claimed that Gretchen’s real boyfriend was “powerful in a very bad way” and that she wasn’t referring to Cojuangco.
Ang was cryptic about his relationship with Nicole Barretto who claimed that her aunt, Gretchen, stole him from her.
“Kay Nicole, mga four to 11 years ago ay nagkakasama kami nang mommy niya. Kung ano man ang relationship namin, walang kinalaman si Gretchen,” said Ang.
“Kung nagkahiwalay kami nila Nicole walang kinalaman si Gretchen. Ang relasyon namin ni Nicole, parang taga asikaso ng mga flights ko and schedule ko noon,” he added.
“Si Nicole, pinagaral ko ‘yan, ang nagtrabaho sa akin ‘yung nanay niya. Si Gretchen malapit siya sa asawa ko.”
Ang also denied having a relationship with Gretchen’s sister, Claudine. Gretchen claimed that Claudine was Ang’s girlfriend before Nicole. Claudine’s old Facebook posts showed she was fine with Nicole and Ang going steady, calling them “lovebirds.”
“Iyong relasyon kay Claudine, ako ang nag-ayos nang nagkaproblema sila ng anak ni Mayor Martin Castro –‘yun lang ang naging relasyon namin,” said Ang.