MANILA -- After supposedly ending her rift with ex-husband James Yap, Kris Aquino again took a swipe at the basketball star, saying she wished he would exert more effort to bond with their son, James "Bimby" Yap Jr.
The host-actress made the statement after seeing Bimby swimming and playing with model-actor Daniel Matsunaga during their Palawan trip for her morning show "Kris TV."
"Naawa ako kaya dapat um-effort si James," Aquino said on the show's Tuesday episode. "Naghahanap talaga si Bimb ng masculine companionship, playmate."
"I hope ang magkaroon ng realization 'yung father ni Bimb na mag-exert siya ng effort na gawin 'yon, kasi 'yun 'yung one thing na hindi ko talaga kaya. No matter how much I love my sons, that's one thing, 'yung harutan na panglalaki well it's not in my capacity," she said.
"So sana 'yung every day na pagkikita nila, sana um-exert ng effort kasi hindi mo maibabalik ang time na ito, so they will have happy memory together or kung hindi man maganap 'yon, may God bless me with a partner who would be willing to do that. In God's time," she added.
Aquino then thanked Matsunaga for taking the time to play with the six-year-old boy.
"Super nagpapasalamat ako kay Dan kasi super mabait siyang nilalang, hindi ba? Lahat naman tayo na feel natin sa lahat ng nakasama natin hindi niya feel na gwapo siya. Marunong makisama and child-like siya talaga, mayroon siyang openness," Aquino said of the Brazilian-Japanese model-turned-actor.
Matsunaga was once romantically linked to Aquino but both have denied this.