James Yap counters Kris Aquino’s TPO
“Walang katotohanan naman yan.”
That was how San Mig Coffee Mixers superstar James Yap responded when informed that his ex-wife Kris Aquino had filed a temporary protection order against him.
In her petition, Aquino accused Yap of making “overt sexual advances” last December, which allegedly traumatized their son James, nicknamed Bimby.
Aquino said that Yap “acted as if he was still entitled to his matrimonial rights” during a visit, in full view of their son.
But Yap said that it wasn’t what happened.
“Ayaw talaga ako i-kiss ni Bimby, so pumunta ako kay Kris, hinawakan ko siya rito. ‘Bimb, look o, ki-kiss ko na mama mo…’
“Tapos si Kris biglang nagsabi na, ‘Sinasaktan mo ako.’
“So hi-nug siya tapos ‘pag hug niya nakatalikod sa ‘kin si Bimby, nakaharap siya sa akin tapos ang mukha ni Kris, gumaganun-ganun siya tapos (ngiting aso) saka ko sinabi, ito talaga!”
Even before the incident, Yap said that he had felt that Bimby had been having ill feelings toward him because of things Aquino had been saying about him behind his back.
“Sobrang nasasaktan ako, kasi sinasabihan ako ng anak ko na, ‘I don’t like you, you’re a liar.’ Iniisip ko, ano ba ang ginawa ko?” said Yap, who broke down in tears during the interview.
“Sino nagsasa (pauses crying)… Sino nagsasabi sa ‘yo niyan? Sabi niya, ‘Mama, mama.’
“Pag sinasabihan ako masasakit na salita ang ginagawa ko, ‘Bimb, tingin ka sa mata ni Papa. Ito lang masasabi ko sa ‘yo, love na love ka ni Papa.’”
Yap said he has confronted Aquino, who responded with a threat.
“Sabi niya, ‘Baka nakalimutan mo, may three years pa yung brother ko.’ Sabi ko, ‘Ganun? Grabe ka naman ang yabang mo.’ Galit na galit siya nun,” said Yap.
He added that he had no reason to make advances on Aquino, since he has already moved on.
“Wala naman ako pakialam kay Kris, eh ang gusto ko lang makasama na yung anak ko,” said Yap.
Yap’s counsel, Lorna Kapunan, sees only one motive for Aquino’s TPO request: his refusal to sign adoption papers that would strip him of any rights to his son.
“She files one month after he did not sign the adoption. That’s our only inference,” she said.
But according to Aquino’s lawyer Frank Chavez, Yap’s infrequent visits to his son is enough for Bimby to build resentment against the two-time PBA Most Valuable Player.
“If you look at the records it was just 22-24 visits out of 104,” said the lawyer.
Yap and Aquino were married in 2005 before separating five years later. Their marriage was declared null and void last year.