Kris Aquino finally broke her silence following James Yap’s reaction to the temporary protection order that she filed to the court related to his ‘overt sexual advances’ which supposedly occurred last December 3. Kris maintained that she decided to bring the matter to the court due to a series of incidents where he inflicted psychological harm towards their son Bimby. “Contrary sa sinabi ni James na it was all about the December 3 incident, in my mind and in my heart it’s not about the December 3 incident, but about the effects of the December 3 incident. At kung tatangungin mo ako bakit andito ako sa harap mo at kung bakit umabot sa pag-request for that TPO at umabot sa korte for that TPO, it was what I witnessed when I went home March 8,” Kris began to say in a live interview with Ted Failon in TV Patrol Thursday night, March 21.
To set the record straight, however, Kris rehashed her side of the story about what transpired at her condo unit the night of December 3. She admitted that she felt violated when James entered her bedroom when he was only supposed to meet Bimby as part of his twice-weekly visitation right. “Para lang klaro sa lahat ng tao, nangyari yung December 3, December 4 pinaalam ko kay James na I felt violated as a woman. Para lang klaro sa inyong lahat, I was inside my room. This all happened 7:30 at night. Nagpapahinga na ako dahil the next day maaga ang trabaho. Visitation niya, hindi pa yun nakasaad sa korte ha, that was a Monday, pero ok lang para magkita sila. I let them have their space. Nandun sila sa dining room. Nandun ako sa kwarto ko.”
Kris claimed that she freely allowed James access inside their house because it was his right to spend time with their son. She apparently did not anticipate that he’d get inside her bedroom and force himself on her. As it was, being kissed by an ex-husband was not her idea of a joke, which James was claiming to have done at that time. “Andami ko natutunan recently sa mga batas na nagproprotekta sa mga babae. Ngayon alam ko na yung pagpasok niya sa kwarto ko—yung sinasabing biro na ginawa niya na pagtangkang paghalik sa akin, pagkuha sa braso ko na na-react ako, nung panahon na sinabihan ko siya, ‘Get out, umalis ka sa kwarto ko’—the fact na nag-stay siya dun dahil hindi na kami kasal, nilabag na niya yung batas na nagprotekta sa mga babae. Pero the fact na pinagtangkaan niya talagang saktan ako, dinuro-duro niya ako, kung anu-anong masasakit sinasabi niya sa akin. Ginawa niya lahat yun Ted sa harap ng anak namin.”
The host-actress stressed that there was no truth to James’ claims that she was just pretending to feel hurt by his actions to make him look bad in front of their son. “Sinasabi niya na I was making faces, na umarte lang ako para mapaniwala ko si Bimby na sinasaktan ako. Eto lang, matalino ang anak ko, alam niya ang totoo, alam niya kung anong palabas lamang. Instinct yun ng bata na gugustuhin niyang protektahan ang nanay niya.”
Kris further shared that she never stopped James from seeing Bimby; she just didn’t want him to step inside her home again in order to protect herself. “Inuulit ko, I kept quiet. Nung December may text kay James, it’s part of what we filed that I told him, ‘Kung gusto mo pa makita si Bimb ‘wag lang dito sa bahay namin. Libre ka, puntahan mo, magkita kayo, not here, because I already feel that I did everything to be civil to you, pero paulit-ulit yung pamababastos na ginawa sa pagkatao ko.”
While it was true that James met Bimby right after his trip to Italy, Kris revealed that her ex-husband actually tricked their son into visiting his condo unit. This is contrary to James’ statement that Kris is teaching Bimby to feel distant towards him out of spite. “Hindi sila nagkita Ted until February 1. Tama yung account niya na na-excite yung bata dahil dun sa video game. Pero sa totoo lang nagpunta si Bimby to see him dahil pinangakuan na bibigyan ng laruan. Wala yung laruan, sinabi nung yaya. Sinabi ni James na pinapunta ko para makita ko. Alam niya na wala naman talaga yung toy na pinangako sa bata.
As Kris stated, the March 8 incident was the last straw in a series of conflicts involving her, James and their son. She simply couldn’t stand seeing her son deeply upset by the mere presence of James and the lies that he’s trying to force on Bimby. Based on Kris’ account, the five-year-old couldn’t forget what happened during the December 3 incident.
“The next time they saw each other was already March 8. Uulitin ko, hindi ko siya pinigilan. Hindi ko sinabi na ‘wag ka pumunta dito. Ang sinabi ko lang ’wag ka umakyat sa unit namin pero libre kang magkita ni Bimb, magkita sila sa lobby. When I got home because I was packed up early, so day effect dumating ako sa bahay, pumasok ako sa lobby. Kahit sinong nanay alam kapag ang anak umiiyak. Iyak ng iyak yung anak ko, nanginginig. Lumapit ako, malaki yung building namin, nandun sila sa bandang likod near the elevators, tinanong ko what’s going on. Ang sinabi ni Bimb, ‘Mama, Papa is saying that he never hurt you. But he's a liar because I saw everything. I was there mama, I saw it.’ Iyak ng iyak anak ko dahil sinasabi sa kanya ni James hindi totoo ‘yan, hindi ko siya sinaktan. And Bimb was there. So I said, ‘This is enough. Let’s go.’ Umakyat kami. And that’s when I had to call my sisters... The same text I sent to James [last December 4], I sent to all my sisters.”
To top it off, Kris was fed up fact that James had to drag her family, particularly her brother Noy, into their problems. She was referring to James’s allegation that she’s threatening him that she could easily ruin him by virtue of her brother’s position as president of the country. “I didn’t (say that). Alam mo Ted, kung kapangyarihan ang paguusapan natin, why was he able to hurt me so many times? Ito lang sasabihin ko, nung naghiwalay kami sino ba ang unang pinuntahan ni James? Ang pininuntahan niya si Noy. Anong ginawa ni Noy, sinabihan ako na, ‘Problema mo ‘yan eh, wala kang pre-nup.’”
Kris lamented that it’s unfair of James to drag her brother in this whole mess when the latter has never done anything to deserve such accusation. “Never nakialam si Noy. Never ko ginamit kapatid ko. Hiyang-hiya na ako sa pamilya ko Ted. Kasi sa kagustuhan ko na protektahan ang anak ko. It’s not even about me, it’s about my son. Idye-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 kami i-accuse. At kailangan kami ang tatahimik dahil kami ang nasa posisyon. Eh sinisira niya lahat ng magagandang nagawa ng magulang ko, ng kapatid ko, ng pamilya namin, and all for what?”