Weeks after revealing the “financial abuse” of a once trusted business partner, actress-host Kris Aquino on Friday formalized her complaint against the individual whom she still opted not to identify.
Aquino, 47, said in an Instagram post that she filed the qualified theft complaint before the Quezon City Office of the Prosecutor on Friday morning.
Her legal team, headed by Atty. Sigrid Fortun, filed the same complaint on her behalf in San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Makati, Taguig, and Manila.
Aquino first made public what she called a “betrayal” within her business circle in late September.
At the time, she said the problem does not concern her sole proprietorship company, Kris Cojuangco Aquino Productions (KCAP), which is behind her digital empire, but her other business deals — specifically 14 branches of the movie snacking outlets Nacho Bimby+Potato Corner, and the Thai beauty brand Snail White.
She said she was fortunate to have learned “the extent I have been taken advantage of early enough after 16 months, before more damage could have been done to KCAP’s finances and tax compliance, and the trusted reputation I have worked so hard to establish in the Philippine and Asia-Pacific business communities.”
As in her latest Instagram post, she did not identify the individual in the Facebook post in September.
Aquino said on Friday that her lawyers sought a settlement with the respondent’s party, but were supposedly met with a negative response.
“I continue to have faith that the Philippines’ justice system will uphold the law with impartiality & fairness. My legal teams had met with his representatives in an attempt to settle amicably, but in straight forward language — cumare bears sila,” she said.
“My family had advocated for peace but the other party failed to even meet us halfway and instead chose to spread malicious lies and falsehoods,” she said.
In an apparent warning to the respondent, Aquino added she is not one to back down from a fight, especially if it’s for the truth.
“I wanted to peacefully put this behind me — kilala niyo ‘ko, hindi po ako ang nagsisimula ng away — pero hindi po ako pinalaki para urungan ang pakikipaglaban para sa katotohanan. ‘Sinimulan niyo, kaya tatapusin ko,’” she said.
Aquino’s filing of her complaints comes only days after she returned to work in Manila from Singapore, where she sought medical attention.
Aquino had lost 15 pounds in a month — the physical toll, she said, of the business-related ordeal and “devastating pain of lost trust.”
She was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease — chronic spontaneous urticaria — which is aggravated by stress, she said, citing her doctors.