James Yap vows to save his marriage, says "I will fight to keep my family intact" as he promised "Mom Cory"

A week after actress and youngest sister of the President Kris Aquino announced on national TV that her marriage was over, her cager husband James Yap breaks his silence with this official statement, which essentially says he wants to save his marriage and keep his family intact:

"...Konti lang lang gusto kong sabihin. Naniniwala ako sa kahalagahan ng pagkakaroon ng buong pamilya. Kaya ipaglalaban ko na mapanatiling bu0 ang pamilya namin ni Kris anuman ang mangyari. Marami na kaming pagsubok na pinagdaanan ni Kris before and I don't think na ngayon pa kami susuko. Gusto ko talagang i-save ang pagsasama namin dahil siyempre may anak kami at hindi biro ang halos anim na taon naming pagsasama.

["I don't want to say much. I believe in the importance of keeping one's family intact. That's why I will fight to keep my and Kris's family together no matter what happens. We have already undergone many trials and I don't think that now is the time to give up. I really want to save our relationship because of course we have a child and having been together for almost six years is no joke."]

He also stressed that he promised Kris' mother, the late President Cory Aquino he would not neglect his family. "At isa pa, nangako ako kay Mom Cory na hindi ko pababayaan ang pamilya namin." he said.

His message to his wife: "Mahal na mahal ko kayo ng anak ko, pati na si Josh na tunay na anak na ang turing ko. Inuulit ko It's final, ipaglalaban ko ang pagsasama ng pamilya natin. At sa tulong ng Diyos, alam kong malalampasan natin ang pagsubok na ito."

["I love you and my child very much, including Josh who I treat like my own son. I repeat, it's final, I will fight to keep our family together. And with God's help, I know that we will overcome this challenge."]

When ABS-CBN reporter Gretchen Fullido asked Aquino for her reply, she said, "No comment...I fully intend to keep a dignified silence. My immediate family meaning my siblings respect and understand my decision. This is what matters to me."

As Yap's absence at Wednesday's inaugural made headline news, he said he chose to keep quiet out of respect for his brother-in-law President Noynoy Aquino and didn't want to add to all the problems the President already faces. "Marami nang lumabas na mga balita at mas pinili ko na manahimik muna bilang paggalang sa ating bagong President Noynoy Aquino.Nagkausap kami at nagtext ako kay President Noynoy at naiintindihan niya ako. Ayokong masyadong makadagdag pa sa napakalaking problema na kakaharapin niya," said Yap.

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["In the face of so many reports circulating, I chose to keep quiet out of respect for President Aquino. We've already talked, I texted him and he understood me. I don't want to add to the huge problems he already faces."]

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