James Yap Lawyer Tells Kris Aquino To Follow The CourtThe lawyer of basketball star James Yap has made a public plea to actress and host Kris Aquino to follow what has been agreed in the courts.
This is in connection to Yap’s visitation rights to his son, James “Bimby” Yap Jr.
In an interview with the TV5 show “Good Morning Club” on Monday, Atty Lorna Kapunan said that Aquino is continuing to oppose the basketball stars attempts to have some quality time with his son.
It can be remembered that four months ago, a court in Makati came up with visitation rights terms for Yap.
Kapunan revealed on the show that they may file a separate complaint against Aquino saying, “We are thinking about it. Kasi pag ganyan, pag contempt, separate case yan.”
The lawyer made a plea directed to Aquino on air saying that since the actress agreed to the visitation order, “sana sundin naman niya”.
“Ginawa ngang easy for the son, ano, for both parties and the son to see the father. Eh hanggang ngayon, hindi pa rin sinusunod,” Kapunan added.
In another part of the interview, Kapunan emphasized that no person should be above the law.
Declining to discuss details of Aquino’s and Yap’s compromise when it comes to the visitation rights of Yap, Kapunan said that this is subject to a court order by the Makati court that handles the case.
She said that the visitation rights are in accordance with “the studies of the psychologist”, “the recommendation of the social worker” and “the agreement of both parties and the little boy himself.”
“Kapag sinasabi nating rule of law, eh sana naman nobody is above the law,” she said, an obvious swipe at Aquino who is the sister of the country’s current President, Benigno Aquino III.
Kapunan emphasized what the court said which was that it is good for a child to have a mother and a father growing up, even if they are no longer husband and wife anymore.
Aquino and Yap were married in July 2005 and had their marriage annulled in February 2012 because of Yap’s alleged unfaithfulness.
“We're praying that both parties will see it -- what is to the best interest of the child and set aside their personal differences,” Kapunan said.
Aquino Camp Counters
Atty. Sigrid Fortun, Aquino’s lawyer, was quick to respond to TV5 after the interview with Kapunan.
The lawyer said in a text message to V5 reporter MJ Marfori that it is Yap’s fault that he has yet to claim his rights under the visitation order.
“The court order on visitation requires James to fetch Bimby in his residence,” Fortun is quoted as saying.
The lawyer stressed that Yap has not contacted Aquino regarding this matter.
“Kris has been waiting for James to tell her what time he is fetching their son. She has received no messages from James to this effect,” he added.
He also said that his client “is compliant with all court orders relating to visitation” and “has no intention of violating those or depriving James of his right to be with his son.”