MANILA, Philippines - After a brief absence, actress-TV host Kris Aquino returned to ABS-CBN's "SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon" on Thursday and apologized for missing an engagement in Cebu, explaining she needed time to resolve her marital problems with basketball star James Yap.
Wearing a black top and a light blue skirt, the president-elect's youngest sister appealed for understanding after she failed to attend a "gift-giving" event in Cebu last June 22.
She also extended her appreciation to her co-host Boy Abunda for filling in for her in Cebu and for explaining her absence.
Kris also appealed to the public to give her time to resolve her personal problems.
"Thank you also, Boy, for doing what I should have done noong Tuesday. Thank you for stepping in for me when I was unable to fulfill my obligations. To Eight o' Clock [company], thank you for understanding, and to the people of Cebu, pagpasensiyahan niyo na po...Betsy Quisumbing and everybody else who hosted you (Boy) there, gagawan ko po ng paraan para makabalik in the near future. Definitely payagan niyo lang po ako na maayos muna ang problema sa personal na buhay, but definitely po ay babalik tayo. Boy, huwag ka ng madala dahil akala mo magkasabay tayo doon (doon sa Cebu) tapos hindi ako sumipot. Pagpasensiyahan mo na ako," Kris said.
Last June 16, Kris admitted through her Twitter page that she and Yap, B-Meg Derby Ace’s (formerly Purefoods) star player, had a “big misunderstanding.”
She said stress and long hours spent during the campaign for her brother, Noynoy, took a toll on their relationship.
Last June 22, Abunda bared that Kris and her hubby are not yet okay. This was after Kris failed to lead the distribution of school supplies to students of Don Vicente Rama Memorial School in Barangay Basak, Cebu City.
He also appealed for understanding for Kris’s failure to show up in Cebu. He asked the public to pray for the couple as they go through a difficult stage.
On the same day, Kris issued an official statement on SNN through text message that was read by Abunda.
"There have been a series of life-altering events in my life this past year - from our mother's death to my brother's election, and now my moving in a different direction as far as my career is concerned. Lastly, there is the state of my marriage. I would like to say that where I am now is a result of many months of fortitude, and in the last couple of months, careful thought. My sole priority is the well being of my sons, Josh and Bimby."
This is not the first controversy to hound Kris and Yap’s almost 5-year marriage.
Kris made headlines early this year when she allegedly confronted a woman rumored to be Yap’s girlfriend. The incident had forced Kris to move out of their home, only to return days later.
In 2007, they went through a rough patch after Yap was rumored to have had a romantic affair with Hope Centeno, one of the receptionists at the Belo Medical Clinic.
In both instances, Yap denied the speculations.