Right after winning his second Most Valuable Player award in the Philippine Basketball Association’s Leo Awards on August 11 at the Araneta Coliseum, James Yap was allegedly almost served annulment papers from wife Kris Aquino, a source from the coliseum told ABS-CBNNews.com. The unnamed source said court officials--led by the sheriff of the Makati Regional Trial Court--waited for Yap outside the venue to serve him the petition for the declaration of nullity of marriage filed by Aquino.
Unaware that court officials were waiting for him, Yap was unable to receive the petition because he left quickly in a car, according to ABS-CBNNews.com and Bandila. The Bandila news team caught up with the supposed court officials but they declined to give a statement.
In Aquino’s petition, the main reason cited for the nullity of their marriage was the "lack of authority of the solemnizing officer," court insiders told PEP.ph. The solemnizing officer was Rayda P. Tumaliuan, a minister of Holy Sacrament International Church, according to the couple’s marriage certificate obtained by PEP. The report said Tumaliuan was authorized as a solemnizing officer, according to the website of the National Statistics Office, at the time of the couple’s wedding on July 10, 2005.
However, the Family Code of the Philippines stipulates that in cases where the solemnizing officer is from a church or religious sect, the bride or groom must belong to the solemnizing officer’s church or religious sect. Neither Aquino or Yap belong to Tumaliuan’s church. They are both Roman Catholics, according to their marriage certificate.
Regarding the division of property, PEP’s court insider said, "The parties must prove who bought what." The source also said that Aquino is asking for custody of their three-year-old son Baby James. Yap is supposed to respond 15 days after he receives the petition.
On the same day that Yap was allegedly almost served annulment papers, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, whom Aquino said she is open to dating given certain conditions, was commemorating the first death anniversary of his late wife Kennely Ann, who died giving birth to their fourth child. He told TV Patrol, "I’m not closing my doors. I am, after all, still young... Only time will tell if I’ll get into another relationship."
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ABS-CBNNews.com reports that Aquino did not join her sisters at the memorial mass for Kennely Ann on August 11 to avoid any controversy. She said, "It’s the proper thing to do. It’s a family occasion, a sad commemoration." She also pointed out that she has just filed for annulment so it would not be in good taste to be linked to anyone. "(A relationship) won’t work if we don’t start on the right footing," she quipped.