Kris Aquino finds mother-in-law’s statements hurtful, James Yap fights for visitation rights for Baby James

TV host Kris Aquino told The Buzz on Sunday, August 15, that she found her mother-in-law Annie Yap’s words in her tell-all interview hurtful, reports PEP.ph. Yap said she was against her son James and Kris’ marriage from the very start. Aquino said, "Siyempre masakit (marinig) na never (akong) nagustuhan... Tao din naman ako (Of course it hurts to hear that my mother-in-law never liked me. I am still human after all)."

"Lahat ng kapamilya at kapatid ko, walang masama ever na sinabi tungkol kay James," she added. "Iniisip ko na lang, dahil sinabi ni Ate (Ballsy) sa akin, ’Krissy, kung si Bimbi [nickname of Baby James] nakikihiwalay, siyempre ’yan din ang magiging reaksiyon mo. Gagawin mo ang lahat to protect your son. Walang right, walang wrong. Ang tama lang, ang anak mo, ’yong mahal mo.’ At para na lang sa anak namin, tatahimik ako."

("My family and siblings have never said anything bad about James... Now, I just think of what my sister Ballsy said: ’Krissy, if it was your son Baby James who was going through a breakup, you’d also react the same way as Annie. You’d do anything to protect your son. You wouldn’t think of what’s right and what’s wrong. The only thing that would matter is that you love your son.’ For Baby James, I will keep quiet about this issue.")

Kris also lamented that her son Baby James, 3, will be able to watch Annie’s interview at some point in his life since the video is all over the Internet.


24 Oras video: James Yap breaks silence on split with Kris Aquino

Yesterday, August 16, James went to court but not to respond to Kris’s petition to nullify their marriage. PEP.ph reports that James filed a petition at the Makati Regional Trial Court for the right to see his son. He claimed he last saw Baby James on July 30 because Kris told him through a text message that he cannot see their son until their annulment case is over. "Siyempre, anak ko ’yon, miss na miss ko na rin kaya magpa-file kami ng visitation rights (I miss him, of course; he’s my son. That’s why we filed the petition)."

According to the PEP.ph report, James has tried contacting his son’s nanny to no avail. He also went to their family’s home in Makati when Kris, Baby James and Kris’s son Joshua were abroad but the guards did not let him through.

His legal counsel Atty. Lorna Kapunan told the media on August 16, "We received a text message from Kris saying she’s open to a visitation. However, it cannot be under her terms; she cannot set a schedule, a deadline and a venue. The father should be allowed to freely visit a child... What James is saying here, in this petition, is that there must be trust between the parties."

24 Oras reports that James is petitioning for the right to see Baby James twice a week, to have Baby James stay with him overnight and to bring Baby James with him when he goes to Negros Occidental, where James’ parents live.

Kapunan said James was hurt by the implication of Kris’s petition to declare their marriage void from the start, according to PEP.ph. "If the marriage is voided, the most significant and disastrous effect for James is that the child will be declared illegitimate and therefore will no longer use his surname. The illegitimate child, I know, has to use the surname of the mother. We will respond to this when James files his counter-petition." Kapunan also denied speculation that the couple broke up because James was demanding properties or a certain amount of money.

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