MANILA, Philippines - Actress-TV host Kris Aquino has broken her silence on news reports saying she made a scene outside the house of an alleged girlfriend of her hubby, star cager James Yap, last Wednesday.
In a text message sent to ABS-CBN News which she later revised, Aquino denied she shouted and swore at the mother of Mayen Austria, Yap's rumored girlfriend, outside the residence of the Austrias in Valle Verde, Pasig City.
"In my 25 years of being in the public eye, nobody can ever say that it is in my nature na magmura or gumawa ng skandalo. I didn't shout or create a commotion," she said in a text message sent to ABS-CBN News.
"The mother of the woman cited in the Inquirer article graciously came to their gate and we had a peaceful conversation. I simply made my discomfort known about her daughter's actuations towards my husband," Kris said.
"My family received the text that Ms. Mayen Austria sent around. In it, she admitted to having 'chemical depression and could easily take an overdose of pills.' My brother and sisters advised me not to speak further about the issue," she added.
Text message sparks encounter
Austria's alleged text message was:
"To everyone. Kris Aquino passed by house to make me sugod. She spoke to my mom. Very mad, berating us saying I always text and call James. That my mom didn't bring me up right. That we shouldn't be talking to married men. She said she's leaving James and to know that I am the last straw and the reason for their break-up.
"My family has great respect for Teopacos who are our family friend. Mrs. Teopaco is Cory's youngest sister. My mom raised us right. My mom didn't deserve all that.
"James missed called and texted na he warned me papunta siya sa house. He called to tell me to apologize and say sorry. Kris said we had something going on.
"I don't deserve this most especially my mom. I have chemical depression and could have easily taken an overdose pills because of the incident. With the hugs and love of my mom and sisters, and tranquilizers, I'm okay. Do you want Kris to be in Malacañang[?]."
A bishop's account
The report that Kris went to James' alleged girlfriend's house and made a scene was also published in Friday's edition of the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper.
According to Austria's uncle, Gabby Lopez (no relation to ABS-CBN's CEO Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez), he was at the Austrias' house and that the family was entertaining guests--including Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon--when Aquino arrived last Wednesday.
Through a phone interview, Baylon told Inquirer that he only knew about what happened when "Mayen, between sobs, related to us the incident immediately after Kris left."
Baylon said that he didn't see the actual encounter since he was inside the house with another guest, a nun based in Spain.
The bishop said that Mayen and her mother, Minna, were "obviously distressed" by what happened.
Boy Abunda, Kris' best friend and co-host at SNN, said Kris was "very cool and polite" during her encounter with Austria.
He said that it would be "unfair" to say that Kris quarreled with a girl over James.
Abunda told the Inquirer: "Kris was bothered when she heard James talking on the phone with a girl who was crying. She learned from James that the girl was heartbroken and was confiding in him."
"Kris said that since she was in the neighborhood, she might as well introduce herself to the girl and the girl's family," he said.
The encounter reportedly happened in Valle Verde 2. Kris showed up at the gate of Austria at around 4 p.m.
Source says Kris swore
An unidentified source quoted by the Inquirer described the encounter this way: "Mayen went out and saw Aquino, who immediately threw invectives at her."
The source said that when Mayen's mother heard the commotion, she went out and saw her daughter in tears.
"Aquino also shouted at her (Minna): Anong klaseng nanay ka? Anong klase ang palaki mo sa anak mo? (What kind of mother are you? What kind of upbringing did you give your child?)," the source told the Inquirer.
The mother and daughter did not answer back, the source told the Inquirer.
Kris, James almost split last December
In Abunda's version, he said that Kris first spoke to Austria's mom Minna about what has been going on in her relationship with Yap.
"She said they almost split up in December and that they were separated for weeks. Kris also told [Minna] that she is fighting hard for their marriage to work. In the middle of their conversation (Mayen) arrived and said there was nothing going on between her and James and that they're just friends," Abunda said.
Abunda insisted that Kris "spoke in a very, very low voice" during her conversation with the Austrias.
He also said that Mayen was not Yap's girlfriend but simply a fan of his professional basketball team, Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants.
In 2007, Kris and James also made headlines when Yap was rumored to have had a romantic affair with Hope Centeno, one of the Belo Medical Clinic’s receptionists.
Yap denied the rumors.