Kris Aquino has told her side of the story behind the temporary protection order (TPO) she filed against her ex-husband James Yap after he spoke to the media to air his grievances with her. She appeared on the ABS-CBN show TV Patrol on March 21 for an interview with newscaster Ted Failon, in which she tearfully proceeded to deny everything that James earlier said to the press.

“Contrary doon sa sinabi ni James na it’s all about the December 3 incident (Contrary to what James said that it’s all about the December 3 incident)…but about the effects of the December 3 incident," she was quoted by PEP.ph as saying, referring to the incident when James allegedly made untoward sexual advances toward her.

"It was what I witnessed when I went home, March 8,” she recalled. “Kahit sinong nanay, alam kapag 'yung anak ang umiiyak. Iyak nang iyak ang anak ko, nanginginig… tinanong ko, ‘What’s going on?’ Ang sinabi ni Bimb (James Yap Jr., their son, who is also called Bimby), ‘Mama, Papa’s saying that he never hurt you. But he’s a liar ‘coz I saw everything. I was there, Mama, I saw it.’ Iyak nang iyak ang anak ko dahil sinasabi sa kanya ni James, ‘Hindi totoo ‘yan, hindi ko siya sinaktan.’ And Bim was there. Sabi ko, ‘That’s enough, let’s go!’ Umakyat kami and that’s when I called my sisters (It was what I witnessed when I went home, March 8. All mothers know when their child is crying. My child kept crying and shaking… I asked, ‘What’s going on?’ Bimb said, ‘Mama, Papa’s saying that he never hurt you. But he’s a liar ‘coz I saw everything. I was there, Mama, I saw it.’ He kept crying because James kept telling him, ‘That’s not true, I never hurt her.’ And Bim was there. I said, ‘That’s enough, let’s go!’ We went up and that’s when I called my sisters.).”

Kris’ sisters, Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Pinky Aquino-Abellada, and Viel Aquino-Dee, who were with her during her interview, all supported the TV host-actress’s story.

Kung madidinig mo yung bata [Bimby], 'yung sama ng loob niya, 'yung kanyang takot… Hindi naman nagsisinungaling ang bata, e. An innocent five-year-old na ano naman ang laban ng tao (If you can hear the child, his resentment, his fear… Kids don’t lie. Why would you involve an innocent five-year-old?)?” asked Ballsy, who claims to be the closest to James among the three.

“James, I think you know in your heart ang pagtrato namin sa iyo, parang pamilya, na kahit annulled na kayo, we treated you well,” said Pinky. “Sa dami ng pinagdaanan n’yo, nagkaroon ng settlement, wala ka talagang narinig sa amin…Kaya nalulungkot ako sa nakikita ko sa ‘yo ngayon (James, I think you know in your heart that we treated you like you were family, even when your marriage was annulled, we treated you well. In all the things you went through, including the settlement, you never heard anything from us… that’s why I’m saddened by what I'm seeing from you right now.).”

Kris also denied using her the position of her brother, President Benigno Aquino III, to threaten James.“Alam mo, ito lang ang sasabihin ko, ha, 'nung naghiwalay kami, sino ba unang pinuntahan ni James? Ang pinuntahan niya si Noy. Ano’ng ginawa ni Noy? Sinabihan ako ni Noy, ‘Problema mo ‘yan, e, wala kayong pre-nup [pre-nuptial agreement].’ Never nakialam si Noy. Never kong ginamit ang kapatid ko (You know, this is only what I can say, when we split up, whom did James first go to? He went to Noy. What did Noy do? Noy told me, ‘That’s your problem, you didn’t have a pre-nup.’ Noy never involved himself. I never used my brother),” she said.

Kris then announced that she will resign from her three shows so she can be a better mother to Bimby.“I’m giving up my shows,” she was quoted in a separate article on PEP.ph.

Tinatalikuran ko ang mundo na kinilala ko, na bumuhay sa akin, dahil higit sa karera ko, mas mahal ko ang anak ko. At paglaki ng anak ko, gusto ko na talagang malaman niya, ibinigay ko ang lahat… So, kailangan kong gawin ito para sa kanya (I’m turning my back on the world I knew, that supported me, because I love my child more than my career. And when my child grows up, I want him to know that I gave him everything… So I have to do this for him.). I’m tendering my resignation.”

However, Kris did not elaborate about when she will resign or how long she will stay out of the limelight.

“I don’t know. I can’t think about forever. I can only think what’s best for my son,” she said. “At sa ngayon, sa puso ng isang nanay, eto yung idinidikta sa akin—gagawin ko ‘to para sa anak ko (And right now, this is what my heart, as a mother, is dictating me—I’ll do this for my child.).”

James’s camp, on the other hand, declined to comment further on the issue when asked about it on the GMA News TV show State of the Nation, saying that there are other issues of more pressing importance.

“In another station they asked for prayers and they also asked that the family be left alone. So, if you don’t mind, Jessica, I don’t want to comment on what I just heard,” James’s lawyer, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, was quoted by PEP.ph as saying. “I’d like to just echo their appeal, Kris’s appeal, that this is not a case na puwedeng pag-piyestahan ng media at ng publiko (this is not a case that the public and the media can feast on.). And since she has made that statement, I hope that she sees it in her heart to start talking to James. And for James also, if he’s listening to this, to talk to Kris. At the end of the day, this is between, as Kris would say, this is not about Kris versus James.”

Atty. Kapunan also said that her client will file a gag order so both camps can discuss the issue properly. James will also file a hold departure order on Bimby to prevent Kris from taking him away from him.

“It is not about preventing a child to enjoy a holiday which was a promised vacation,” she explained. “It is to ensure that the court and the parties can come to an agreement and that the best interest of the child will be taken care of. And that cannot be done if the child and the parent who is the complainant are not around the negotiating tables.”

(Photos courtesy of PEP.ph)

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