Kris' camp on James-Bimby reunion: Let's do it right
MANILA -- The camp of Kris Aquino reminded the actress' former partner, James Yap, that his impending reunion with their son should be done properly.
In a statement sent to ABS-CBN News on Friday, Aquino's legal counsel, Atty. Frank Chavez, said, "James Yap should wake up to the reality that he cannot unilaterally change the schedule and venue of visitation."
"He has to obtain an amended order for that effect and instruct his lawyers to file the necessary motion," the lawyer said.
Chavez added: "We do not begrduge him his right to visit his biological son but let us do it the right way. We have to obtain the necessary safeguards, safety nets and dependable assurances that the resumption of visitation will not adversely affect the rights and welfare of son.
On May 21, the Makati Regional Trial Court denied Aquino's appeal for a permanent protection order (PPO) against Yap on behalf of their son.
Yap's legal counsel, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, earlier said the court decision brings back in place the visitation schedules for the basketball player. He was earlier allowed by the family court to visit Bimby on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Aquino and Yap were married in civil rites in July 2005. Their marriage was declared null in February last year, following allegations of infidelity on Yap's part.
The father no longer has custody of Bimby, but was able to visit his son 109 times in a year as previously ordered by court. The child lives with Aquino and his half-brother, Joshua.
According to Chavez, "the resumption of his (Yap) visitation rights has not attained finality because there are issues and sub-issues that have yet to be clarified by the court."
While the PPO for Bimby was denied, the court granted a protection order against Yap sought by Aquino for herself.
The order stems from an incident last December 3, when Yap allegedly attempted to "force himself" on Aquino in front of their son. Yap has denied making such "amorous advances" on Aquino.
The actress' appeal for a PPO for her son was due to Yap allegedly causing "distress" on Bimby from his mere presence, following the alleged incident in December last year.