|Basketball player James Yap
MANILA – An emotional James Yap broke his silence amid reports that his former wife Kris Aquino has filed for a temporary protection order (TPO) against him before a Makati City court.
Reports said Aquino asked the court to order Yap to keep a distance of at least 100 meters from her, their son Bimby and any household member.
She also wanted her former husband to stay away from any place frequented by her and her son, such as their home and Bimby’s school.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Wednesday, Yap said he was deeply hurt by Aquino’s accusations because all he wants is to be a father to their son.
“Nasasaktan ako kasi 'yung anak ko sobrang sama na ng tingin sa akin. As a father, sobrang nasasaktan ako, sinasabihan akong ‘I don’t like you, you’re a liar. Iniisip ko ano bang ginawa ko? Wala naman akong ginawa. Tinanong ko, ‘Sinong natuturo sa ’yo niyan?’ ‘Mama, mama.’ Ang ginagawa ko na lang kapag sinasabihan ako ng masama, sinasabi ko na lang, ‘Bimb tingin ka sa mata ni papa. Love na love ka ni papa,’” he said.
In Aquino’s pleading, she accused Yap of making “overt sexual advances” which she resisted. Aquino said her former husband acted “as if he was still entitled to his matrimonial rights” in full view of their son.
Yap defended himself against these accusations and shared in detail what really happened last December 3, the date when he supposedly “abused” Aquino.
“Magpapaalam na sana akong umalis. Sabi ko ‘Bimb kiss mo na si Papa kasi aalis na.’ Nandoon si Kris, nandoon ang bata. Sabi ni Bimb ‘I don’t like.’ Ako naman, ‘Bimb kapag hindi mo i-kiss si Papa, iki-kiss ko si Mama.’ Tapos ang reaction ni Kris, ‘Yuck, yuck, yuck,’” he said.
“Ako naman, ayaw talaga ako i-kiss ni Bimby so lumapit ako kay Kris, hinawakan ko siya [sa braso]. Paghawak ko, sabi ko ‘Bimb look o, iki-kiss ko na si Mama mo.’ Tapos biglang si Kris nagsabi na ‘Sinasaktan mo ako, you’re hurting me.’ Parang sinasabi niya kay Bimb ‘Sinaktan ako ng Papa mo.’ Tapos siyempre 'yung bata akala talaga sinsaktan siya,” he added.
“Nag-react ang bata gumitna sa amin tapos hinug siya. Pag-hug niya sabi ‘No no I don’t like you... Ang mukha ni Kris [nang-aasar pa]. Kaya sabi ko, ‘Ikaw talaga!’ Sinusumbong ko kay Bimb. ‘Bimb look at your mama’s face oh, she’s smiling.’ Tapos pagtingin ni Bimby, galit-galitan na naman siya,” he said.
Yap stressed he is the one telling the truth and he had no intentions of hurting Aquino.
“Never ko siyang sinaktan, never ko siyang ginamitan ng kung ano man. Takot ko lang kasi siyempre alam ko naman kung nasaan sila ngayon, nasa power sila. Hindi naman ako tanga na gagawin ko iyon,” he said.
After the incident last December 3, Yap said he was able to talk to Aquino the next day and that’s when he told Aquino about his frustrations.
“The next day, tinawagan niya ako. ‘Binabastos mo yata ako’. Sabi ko, ‘Anong binabastos? Hinawakan ka lang, binibiro ko lang para i-kiss ako ng anak ko tapos binabastos?’ Doon ko na binuhos sa kanya lahat ng hinanakit ko," he said.
“Sabi ko ‘Hindi mo ba alam na tuwing sinasabihan mo si Bimby ng masama about sa akin, sinasabi sa akin ni Bimby? Kapag tinatanong ko sinong nagsasabi, ikaw ang tinuturo. Sa tingin mo ba hindi ako nasasaktan sa ginagawa mo? Tatay ako ng anak mo. Baka nakakalimutan mo, gusto lang kita i-remind.’
“Tapos hindi siya nakapagsalita, binabaan ako. Tumawag ako ulit tapos sabi niya sa akin ‘Baka nakalimutan mo, may three years pa ang brother ko.’ Sabi ko, ‘Grabe ka naman ang yabang mo naman. Ang yabang yabang mo naman,’” he said.
Yap maintained he has moved on from his former wife and he just wants to spend time with Bimby.
“Wala naman na akong pakialam kay Kris eh. Ang gusto ko lang makasama ang anak ko. Bakit ako sinisiraan sa anak ko? Para ano? Ano bang gusto niya? Tapos ngayon ina-accuse niya ako na rapist ako? Grabe naman iyon. Itong lumalabas ngayon sinasabi ni Kris rapist ako or kung ano man ang nakalagay diyan, walang katotohanan iyan,” he said.
Yap already sought a hold departure order from the court before Aquino leaves the country. He also appealed to Aquino’s camp for them to have a dialogue to settle things.
Yap’s camp is set to file a comment opposition in on Thursday in response to Aquino’s TPO.
Click here to read the statement of Kris Aquino’s camp on the alleged incident.