James Yap and Kris Aquino
MANILA -- TV host-actress Kris Aquino cried foul over the allegation of former husband James Yap that she invoked the power of her brother in threatening the star cager during an argument.
In a live interview on the evening newscast "TV Patrol" on Thursday, Kris denied that she sought the help of her brother President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III in addressing her tiff with Yap over an incident that happened last December 3, 2012.
On Wednesday, Yap recalled a phone conversation with Kris the following day (December 4), when she supposedly told him: "Baka nakalimutan mo, may three years pa ang brother ko."
The star cager was relating the day following an incident involving him, Kris, and their son James "Bimby" Yap, Jr. According to the actress' legal counsel Atty. Francisco 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.
Asked whether there is truth that she had "reminded" Yap of the remaining 3 years in office of her brother, Kris said, "I didn't."
She added, "Kung kapangyarihan ang pag-uusapan natin, why was he able to hurt me so many times?"
Kris 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 side.
"Nung naghiwalay kami, sino bang unang pinuntahan ni James? Ang pinuntahan niya si Noy. Anong ginawa ni Noy? Sinabihan ako ni Noy, 'Problema mo 'yan eh, wala kayong prenup,'" Kris said.
The "Kris TV" host, who also announced her resignation from all her programs on Thursday, stressed that the president has not once meddled in her relationship with Yap.
"Never naki-alam si Noy, never kong ginamit ang kapatid ko," she said.
"Hiyang-hiya na ako sa pamilya ko, kasi sa kagustuhan lang naman nila na protektahan ang anak ko [kaya sila nandito]. It's not even about me, it's about my son," Kris said, crying.
During the live interview, Kris was accompanied by her sisters Pinky Abellada, Ballsy Cruz and Viel Dee.
Kris is the youngest of the four children of the late former President Corazon Aquino and democracy icon Benigno 'Ninoy' Aquino, Jr.
Last March 15, the "Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw" star requested for a temporary protection order (TPO) against Yap before a Makati City court, which was granted on the same day with an effectivity duration of 30 days.
The TPO requires Yap to keep a distance of at least 100 meters from Aquino, Bimby and any household member. It also orders the basketball player to stay away from any place frequented by Aquino and their son, such as their home and Bimby’s school.
Aquino is now seeking to make permanent the TPO, which Kris said stems from the December 3 incident and its "effects," and subsequent instances when Yap had allegedly caused "distress" on their son.
Asked whether they have brought up Kris' current problems with Noynoy, Ballsy said, "Ayaw naming makidagdag pa. This is not a national issue, and nag-usap kaming tatlo (her sisters) -- kaya pa naman nating tulungan si kris, bakit natin dadagdagan ang problems ni PNoy?"
She added, "Siguro kung hindi lang namin kakayanin, doon lang kami tatakbo, but as much as possible, gusto namin priority niya ang mga problema ng bayan."
Turning emotional, Kris cried foul over Yap's mention of the president in their problems. "Idi-jeopardize pa niya ang magandang panunungkulan ng kapatid ko, sobra na."
"I promised my sisters I would be strong, but it's so unfair, na pwede niya kaming i-accuse, and kailangan lang tatahimik kasi kami ang na sa posisyon," she said.
Referring to her former husband, Kris added, "Sinisira niya lahat ng magagandang nagawa na ng magulang ko, ng kapatid ko, ng pamilya namin."