MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED)– Basketball star James Yap issued a statement on Thursday to announce that he would fight to keep his family intact despite wife Kris Aquino’s remarks that they were separating.
In his statement, Yap, player of B-Meg Derby Ace (formerly Purefoods), said he won't give up on his 5-year marriage to Kris, and that he would fight to save it for the sake of their child, 3-year-old Baby James, as well as Josh, Kris' child from a previous relationship.
"At isa pa, nangako ako kay Mom Cory (the late former president Corazon Aquino) na hindi ko pababayaan ang pamilya namin. Na aalagaan ko si Kris, si Josh at si Baby James. Nangako rin kami ni Kris sa harap ni Mom Cory na hindi kami maghihiwalay,” he said.
He also pointed out that he and Kris have been through a lot, “and I don’t think this is the time for us to give up.”
"Naniniwala ako sa kahalagahan ng pagkakaroon ng buo ang pamilya. Kaya ipaglalaban ko na mapanatiling buo ang pamilya namin ni Kris anuman ang mangyari. Alam ko walang pamilyang hindi dumaan sa ganitong pagsubok,” he said.
“Gusto ko talagang i-save ang pagsasama namin dahil syempre, may anak kami at hindi biro ang halos 6 na taon naming pagsasama. Umaasa pa rin ako na darating ang tamang panahon na maaayos ang lahat,” he added.
He said he chose to keep quiet for days as a sign of respect for Kris’s brother, President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, who was not yet sworn into office when the actress-television host announced on national television last Sunday that she had given up on their marriage.
“Ayokong makadagdag pa sa napakalaking problema na kakaharapin niya bilang bagong presidente ng ating bansa,” he said.
Yap, one of the Philippine Basketball Association's (PBA) marquee players, reiterated that the President knew beforehand that he would miss his inauguration at the Quirino Grandstand on Wednesday. Yap said he informed him through text, and that they talked personally.
He said he knows their children are also suffering, but he expressed confidence that he and Kris would be able to patch things up at the proper time.
"Kris, marami na tayong pinagdaanan na mas mabigat na problema pa rito pero hindi talaga ako bumitaw. Nanahimik ako palagi bilang respeto sa pamilya natin na hanggang sa ngayon ay gusto ko pa ring manatiling buo. Mahal na mahal ko kayo ng anak ko, pati na si Josh na tunay na anak na ang turing ko,” he said.
Josh is Kris’s son with actor Phillip Salvador.
He added: "Inuulit ko, it's final, ipaglalaban ko ang pagsasama ng pamilya natin. At sa tulong ng Diyos , alam kong malalampasan natin ang pagsubok na ito!"
The basketball star’s manager, Dondon Monteverde, confirmed the statement.
Kris keeps silence
Meanwhile, Kris said in a text message that she would like to lead a quiet life.
“I fully intend to keep a dignified silence. My immediate family, meaning my siblings, respect and understand my decision. That is what matters to me,” Kris said.
On June 27, Kris first revealed that she was separating from Yap in an exclusive interview on "The Buzz."
On Tuesday, she said she broke off her relationship after Yap said some harsh words against her in front of their son, baby James.
"We were keeping our distance from each other for several weeks when James exploded. Yes, I am guilty of many times saying I wanted out. But I have never involved our son. I have never said words that would hurt Baby James and negate his value as my child. I am trying to be decent and proper," she told the Philippine Star's Ricky Lo.
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.
On Wednesday, Kris and her children attended the President’s inauguration without Yap.
Yap opted to shun the spotlight and played basketball instead at a private court in San Juan, Metro Manila. He said he chose to miss the event despite his earlier statement that he would be attending.
His plans changed after his wife revealed last Sunday that their marriage was ending.