It's been quite the weekend for Queen of All Media, Kris Aquino. What was supposed to be a happy birthday weekend for her son Bimby has been a wild roller-coaster with Kris getting triggered by ex-husband James Yap's birthday greeting. "Happy birthday Bimb! I miss you and think about you everyday. Alam ko na ang tagal na natin 'di nakapag-spend ng time together, at di nagkikita, but I want you to know that I'm always here for you. I will always be your papa. I hope you enjoy your birthday."
Not one to hold back her comments especially when it comes to her sons, Kris retorted with a scathing reply that recounts all of the times that James did not defend Bimby. "When Bimb saw the post na BINASTOS siya na 'baklain' siya, he shrugged it off and said: 'Mom, who cares? My own biological dad said that about me in court and he's said it so many other times?' Nanahimik pa rin ako about that kasi feeling ko- wag mo kaming guluhin, peaceful tayo...E humirit ka with your birthday post."
But it wasn't over just yet, with the April 22 episode of Korina Sanchez's show, Rated K, which featured James Yap and his new family with model Michela Cazzola. If you thought Kris was already angry before, well, it's time to think again. In response to the episode, Kris posted a statement on all of her social media accounts explaining that she has had enough. It goes along with a photo of her with President Duterte, presumably during one of her visits to Davao, which she talks about in her post. "I have really had enough. Simple lang- minsan lang akong pinakiusapan ng kapatid ko- never para sa sarili niya pero para sa kandidatong inendorso niya. Dahil mahal ko siya, ginawa ko. Lahat ng batikos ng dahil sa pagtulong na 'yon tinanggap ko...Tatlong beses akong nagpunta sa Davao sa kampanya nung 2010, kampanya [nung] 2013 para kay [Senator Francis Escudero and Senator Grace Poe], at nung nag [shoot ng] Kris TV. Si PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte), lahat nung pagkakataon na nagkaharap kami, mabuti ang pinakita sa'kin."
Kris goes on to talk about her efforts in supporting Mar Roxas in his bid for the presidency, and deliberately didn't name his wife Korina in her post. "Sampal sa mukha ko ang inilabas na feature ngayong gabi nung misis ni Mar Roxas. Yes, pine-personal ko dahil binuwis ko ang kinabukasan namin ng mga anak ko nang walang inasahang kapalit. At ang ganti sa'kin at sa mga anak ko ngayon ay binida pa ang deadbeat na tatay." Kris was even involved in controversy when she used the presidential helicopter of her brother to get to a campaign event. She continues, "I apologize sa Kuya ko, humihingi rin ako ng paumanhin sa ninang ko na nanay ni Mar pero klarong klaro sa 'kin kung bakit ang nanalong pangulo ay si Duterte." Mar Roxas' mother, Judy Araneta Roxas, is her godmother.
Kris later issued a statement (along with a blacked-out video post with Whitney Houston's "Try It on My Own" playing in the background), apologizing for including politics in her post. But she clarified that she will not be deleting it. "I apologize for including politics, but that is the unfortunate baggage and responsibility of my last name. But I will not delete any posts because my anger comes from the heart of a mother who has been unnecessarily stepped on by someone who hasn't had the privilege of motherhood..."
Kris later on edited it to "by someone who has been blessed w/ a loving & devoted husband & does not know the hardship of having to go it alone (rewritten after some prayers)..."
She continued, "I do sincerely apologize to my brother. And I apologize to President Duterte. And Mar, to you I am sorry. In the same way I would always wonder why I would be dragged into issues not of my doing—I was guilty of that tonight. I'll be back after I have found my peace. Until then, to all those who still found it in their hearts to understand and embrace me and my sons- you have my eternal gratitude. #laban"
As reported by PEP.ph, despite apologizing to the three, Kris told a netizen through an Instagram comment that will not apologize to Korina. She also explained why she felt the need to fight back. "Nanadya kaya lumaban ako."
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque reportedly reacted to the issue, saying,"Welcome on board, Ms. Kris Aquino." On the other hand, James' partner, Michela, told a netizen who asked her "to tell James to provide for Bimby's needs" that "I mind my business and so should you, don't you think that would be the most appropriate thing to do?"
While Korina is yet to address the issue, her posts on Instagram following the controversy have been filled with messages about staying happy and positive.
Meanwhile, James Yap, Mar Roxas, and President Duterte have yet to issue statements and reactions regarding Kris' posts.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Additional reporting by Ysabel Y. Yuzon.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.