Kris Aquino is on the spotlight of controversy again!
This time it involves an incident between her and ex-husband James Yap on December 3 last year. The youngest sibling of President Noynoy Aquino accuses her former husband of making unwanted sexual advances on her which has been witnessed by their 5-year old son, Bimby.
Kris filed before the Makati Regional Trial court a temporary restraining order against Yap for “overstepping his boundaries and attempting to seduce her while visiting her home and inflicting psychological effect on Bimby.”
The court granted the TRO prohibiting Yap from getting at least 100 meters near Kris and Bimby for thirty days.
Kris is still seeking to a Permanent Restraining Order which will prohibit Yap from getting near their son permanently.
In an impromptu press conference on March 20, Yap denied Kris’s accusations of “overt sexual advances” toward her. He explained that he was just joking Kris to kiss her because Bimby did not want to kiss him goodbye; “I was saying goodbye and asking Bim to give his dad a kiss. He said, ‘I don’t like.’”
“So I said, ‘If you don’t kiss Papa, I will kiss Mama.’ And allegedly Kris said, “Yuck, yuck, yuck.”
“I approached Kris, held her here [points to his left arm], and said, ‘Bim, look. I’m about to kiss your mom’, then Kris said, ‘You’re hurting me!’”
A day after Yap’s press conference, it was a media spectacle when a teary-eyed Kris, together with her older sisters, Pinky, Viel and Ballsy, appeared on two primetime rival newscasts, TV Patrol and 24 Oras, to give her side on yet another controversy she has been involved in.
She stood by her version of the story, accusing former husband of making sexual advances on her in front of their son saying she felt violated as a woman.
To the surprise of many, Kris also announced that she will be quitting showbusiness for the sake of his son. She told Ted Failon that this controversy is not a part of any gimmick or drama, “You know my family, we do not do drama.”
Kris already resigned from her ABS-CBN shows which include daily talk show KRIS TV, her daily soap KAILANGAN KO’Y IKAW and PILIPINAS GOT TALENT.
Following the media explosion of the Kris versus Yap fiasco, the court approved the gag order filed by the camp of Yap, prohibiting the two camps from making further media and public pronouncements about their problem.
But the gag order might be too late for the observing public who is now feasting on the latest controversy involving Kris. It can be remembered that Kris got involved in highly publicized scandals and controversies in the past involving her own personal affairs, one of which was her public announcement that she got an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) from former live-in partner actor Joey Marquez.
Kris flew to Europe with son by Philip Salvador, Joshua, and Bimby. She tweeted on Saturday, March 23, “Goodbye for now. Many thanks for the love, understanding & prayers.”
The world of showbiz was abuzz with another big story involving actress Heart Evangelista. Heart, 28, is having another rift with her parents, Cecille and Rey Ongpauco, because of involvement with now boyfriend, Senator Chiz Escudero who is 15 years her senior.
Heart’s mother and manager, Cecille Ongpauco, surprised the public after holding a press conference where she and husband professed their disapproval of Escudero. She accused Escudero of being an “opportunist,” disrespectful and arrogant. She also accused Escudero of “manipulating” their daughter to go against her family.
Escudero, who is now seeking re-election in the senate, claimed that he has not done anything “bad” against Heart and said that he loves her.
Heart’s rift with her family is not new. Far too often, Heart finds herself caught in the middle between her parents and her man. But Heart seems fighting for her love this time.
In a statement to the Philippine Star, she wrote, “This isn’t the first time this happened. This has happened when I was with Jericho (Rosales). At that time, I gave in to my parents’ wishes because I wanted them to be happy. Because I am the youngest in the family, my parents became over-protective which is totally understandable. And at that time, I was still young and thought it wise to obey their wishes. But now that I’m 28 years old, I believe I already have the right to decide how to live my life, who to love and to be with.”
Heart’s parents threatened to file civil and criminal charges against Escudero amid this issue.