MANILA, Philippines -- The legal counsel of Kris Aquino referred to as a "brazen lie" the allegation that the actress-host used her brother's position of power in threatening her former husband James Yap.
|Kris Aquino and son James Yap, Jr. File photo
In an interview with ABS-CBN News' Ginger Conejero on Thursday, Atty. Francisco Chavez denied Yap's allegation that Aquino "reminded" him of the term in office of her brother, Benigno Aquino III, as president of the Philippines.
On Wednesday, Yap recalled the alleged incident on December 4, when Aquino supposedly told him over the phone: "Baka nakalimutan mo, may three years pa ang brother ko."
The star cager was relating the day following an incident involving him, Aquino, and their son James "Bimby" Yap, Jr. According to Chavez, Yap allegedly "wanted to force himself" on his former wife, which she rejected, in front of their son. Yap has denied this, saying he never hurt Aquino.
Aquino and Yap were married in civil rites in July 2005. Their marriage was declared null in February last year. Bimby was born in April 2007.
Referring to Yap's claim that Aquino cited her brother's presidency during their argument, Chavez said on Thursday, "To me that's a brazen lie, because Kris never said that. It is so uncharacteristic to assign this statement to Kris."
Chavez said the president has far more important matters to attend to as head of state. Where Kris' controversial tiff with Yap is concerned, Chavez said the actress-host is given full support by her sisters.
Kris is the youngest of four children of the late former President Corazon Aquino and Philippine democracy icon Benigno Aquino, Jr.
"In all fairness to the president," Chavez said, "hindi siya nakikialam sa mga kaso ni Kris eh... I mean, with all the problems that our country has, why would the president even bother with this? It's enough that the problem is being attended to by all her sisters. She (Kris) has the full support of her sisters."
"So hindi totoo 'yan," he added. "The Cory Aquino and Ninoy Aquino family has never been noted to flaunt power, let alone cast influence. That family has been noted for doing what is right, and there is no deviation from that in this case."
Distribution of properties
The lawyer also said Aquino could have "used" her family's "power" in her earlier controversies involving her and Yap such as their separation and the distribution of properties following the nullity of their marriage.
"If Kris only wanted to use power or influence, she could easily have done that during the time when the annulment of marriage was still in court, but she did not," Chavez said. "Had she only wanted to use power and influence, she could have used that to avoid having to share the properties that she earned with Mr. Yap, but she did not."
He added that Kris had the option to take back properties from Yap which Chavez said was rightfully hers, "pero hindi siya mukhang pera eh."
Chavez went on to detail the distribution of properties between the former couple, saying it had left her client being the "loser" in the arrangement.
"The records show -- and we can prove it -- that most of the property came from the labor of Kris, not James," he said. "He got P14.5 million in cash, he got real property. If you add that up all together, including the two sports cars, vehicles that he got, it's more than P60 million."
"He doesn't even spend for gasoline or electricity in the house. What he earns, he keeps to himself. That's the kind of man you have," Chavez said.
As of writing, Yap's camp has yet to comment on the alleged distribution of properties.