MANILA, Philippines -- James Yap has expressed alarm over the resignation of former wife Kris Aquino from all her programs, saying it breeds uncertainty as to whether the actress-host will still return to the country with their son after a scheduled vacation overseas.
|Kris Aquino and son James Yap, Jr. File photo
The legal counsel of Yap, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, on Friday said Aquino's announcement on live television Thursday night that she is quitting showbiz was a cause for concern for the star cager.
"Ang concern namin is yesterday, in one station, sinabi ni Kris that she's giving up all her three programs, which is very alarming. While it's very magnanimous, alarming 'yan, kasi pag wala na siyang program, ano pang babalikan niya rito?" she said.
In a live interview on the evening newscast "TV Patrol" on Thursday, Aquino announced that she is tendering her resignation from her showbiz commitments.
Aquino has a morning talk show "Kris TV," which airs weekdays on ABS-CBN. She also stars in the primetime soap "Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw," which is set for a one-season run. On weekends, she appears as a judge on the reality talent search "Pilipinas Got Talent."
On Saturday, Aquino and her son with Yap, James "Bimby" Yap, Jr., are scheduled to leave for Paris, France for a vacation.
'Will she still come back?'
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Kapunan said, referring to Aquino, "Will she still come back if she has no more programs? It's possible if she has no more commitments here not to return to the Philippines for a long time."
"We are all the more concerned that if she is willing to give up all her commitments, that means it is possible that she will have an extended vacation abroad with the child," she said.
Kapunan said Aquino's announcement of her resignation bolstered Yap's request before a Makati City court for a hold depature order (HDO) against his former wife.
The HDO was initially sought due to a temporary protection order (TPO) against Yap, which bars him from being within 100 meters of his son and Aquino.
The TPO stems from an incident last December 3, when Yap allegedly attempted to "force himself" on Aquino in front of Bimby. This, and three other incidents where Yap allegedly caused "distress" on their son, Aquino had said, were what prompted her to seek the TPO against her husband.
"The reason why we're filing an HDO is precisely because of the TPO, where he cannot get in touch with anybody on their side to find out details about the child, so he is doing it through the court," Kapunan said.
The lawyer added that Aquino's move to resign from showbiz has caused Yap further concern, saying the star cager is now seeking to be informed of the travel plans of his former wife and their son through the HDO.
"He is saying, 'Court, hindi ko makausap ang anak ko, anybody in that side, and I cannot go within 100 meters [of my son].' So sinasabi niya, 'Court, kayo nalang mag-inquire, every time magta-travel, kayo na lang ang magsabi, para malaman ko naman kung saan pupunta si Bimby, para malaman ko kung babalik pa sila,'" she said.
Yap's camp: 'Magbakasyon sila'
Kapunan also made it clear that their main goal is not to stop Aquino and Bimby from travelling, but for Yap's ex-wife to submit to court details of their plans whenever they want to leave the country.
"Hindi namin gusto pigilan. A hold departure order is not to stop a travel. It just means that every time you travel, you have to inform the court where you are travelling, how long it will be, are you coming back, when are you coming back?
"Wala namang pinipigilan mag-travel dito. This is just for the court to be informed. Certainly we will not stop them from travelling tomorrow. Magbakasyon sila," she said.
The Makati City regional trial court where Yap's camp is seeking the HDO has yet to release a decision on the matter, as of writing.