James Yap Feels Happy About Court's Decision Allowing Him To Visit His Son Bimby AgainPhilippine Basketball Association (PBA) star James Yap was elated upon learning he can see his son, Bimby, again after the Makati Regional Trial Court junked the Permanent Protection Order filed by Kris Aquino against her ex-husband.
Yap said he was home in Escalante, Negros Occidental when he learned about the decision. He wasn't able to answer his lawyer's, Lorna Kapunan, call but received her text that they won the case for Bimby.
Asked about the PPO granted by the court against him when it comes to going near his ex-wife, Yap said he doesn't really care about that part of the case.
"Ang iniisip ko, ang anak ko—and I’m happy na panalo ako sa side ng anak ko. Ang akin lang naman talaga ay kay Bimby."
"Gusto ko lang naman talaga na lumaki siya na nandiyan ako sa tabi niya."
Aquino filed the PPO against Yap after she accused him of sexually harassing her and psychologically abusing their son, Bimby. Yap denied the allegations, and the court believed the basketball star about his intentions to be a good father to the five-year-old grandson of the late Ninoy and Cory Aquino.
Aquino's camp plans to file a motion for reconsideration regarding the court's decision to junk the PPO for Bimby. Yap has yet to react to this new development.
Yap said even his family in Escalante are all very happy about the decision. They, too, want to get to know Bimby.
He added they only see the boy on billboards and his TV commercials. Now, they can also spend time with his son.
Before the decision was made, the basketball star was able to see his son in the court. For eight minutes, Yap was able to hold his son and give him his gift.
Yap handed Bimby the iPad Mini he bought him for his birthday. Bimby, he said, was happy and played eagerly with the gadget. He even sat on the PBA's lap while he was playing with the iPad Mini.
“Paglabas na paglabas ko nga sa court, sabi ko, puwede na 'kong mamatay, sabi kong ganun. Sobrang happy!”
Right after learning about the court's decision, Yap asked his lawyer if she can contact Aquino and ask for his visitation rights again. He said he will follow the days the court ordered.
The basketball star was supposed to go back to Manila on June 1, but he rebooked his flight earlier because he wanted to be with Bimby already. He is already expecting to see him once he gets back to Manila because the court has already granted his wish.
For now, Yap doesn't want to dwell on his failed relationship with Aquino. He said the time will come when both of them can be civil for their child.
"For me, walang problema sa akin yun. Walang problema sa akin kung hilingin ng anak ko na magkabati ang nanay at tatay niya—as a friend.”
“Dapat ipakita mo sa anak mo na kahit hindi naging successful ang relationship ninyong dalawa, dapat ipakita mo sa mga anak mo na buo ang magulang niya, at papalakihin ng magulang ang bata na tama, kasama ang nanay at tatay."