Court to rule on Yap's HDO plea; issues gag order
MANILA, Philippines - The Makati Regional Trial Court heard on Friday the petition of James Yap for a hold departure order on his former wife, Kris Aquino, and their son Bimby, who are both set to leave the country on Saturday.
Yap's and Aquino's respective lawyers, Atty. Lorna Kapunan and Atty. Frank Chavez, refused to divulge details of the hearing, citing a gag order from the court.
Kapunan said she sought the gag order so both parties will not be able to discuss the issue with the media.
The court is set to release its decision on Yap's petition for a hold departure order at 3 p.m. today.
Meanwhile, Yap's camp expressed concern over Aquino's statement that she will be leaving showbiz, saying that the host-actress may leave the country with Bimby and never return.
But Chavez maintained that they are willing to give the court details on Aquino and Bimby's travels -- from the dates to their destinations -- to assure Yap that he can still see his son.
Aquino, Yap turn emotional on TV
In an interview on "TV Patrol" on Thursday, Aquino wept as she addressed the allegations of Yap, with whom she has a son James "Bimby" Yap, Jr.
Appearing with her sisters Pinky, Viel and Ballsy during her interview with news anchor Ted Failon, the host-actress spoke at length about an incident on December 3, when Yap allegedly "forced himself on her."
She said Yap's advances, which the star cager has denied, has had "effects" on their son Bimby. This, and three other incidents where Yap allegedly caused "distress" on their son, Aquino said, were what prompted her to file a temporary restraining order against her former husband.
Yap, in a press conference on Wednesday, likewise turned emotional over the growing animosity of his son towards him, which he attributes to Aquino's alleged "brainwashing." He also accused Aquino of invoking her brother President Benigno Aquino III's being in power when she made a veiled threat.
Aquino denied the allegation on Thursday, saying Yap's "jeopardizing" of her brother's good name is "unfair."
The "Kris TV" and "Pilipinas Got Talent" host went on to announce her resignation from all her programs, effectively quitting showbiz, as a way of ensuring the welfare of her son -- away from the limelight. -- with a report from Dexter Ganibe, DZMM