MANILA, Philippines - Star cager James Yap said he decided not to seek the help of his brother-in-law, President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, over his marital woes with the latter's youngest sister, Kris Aquino.
In an interview, Yap who in the past sought the advice of the President whenever he and Kris had a problem, said he chose not to seek the President's assistance this time because he believes that Aquino has so many problems to solve.
"Hindi (ko na hiningan ng tulong). Alam mo naman mas malaki ang problema niya sa ating bansa kaysa sa amin. Ayaw ko na siyang guluhin pa para makadagdag pa kami sa problema niya," Yap said.
On Monday, Yap appeared before the public for the first time after his estranged wife announced their separation and filed a petition to nullify their marriage.
Yap decided to speak up to insist his right to see his son, James "Baby James" Yap Jr., with Kris after he received a text message from the latter saying he can't see his son until the legal process of their separation is over.
"Dumating na talaga 'yong time na kailangan mo na talagang magsalita. Siyempre para sa kapakanan ni Baby James," he said. “Naka-receive ako ng text na, ‘Hindi mo na muna puwedeng makita si Baby James hanggang hindi pa natatapos ang kaso natin.’”
In Yap’s petition, he is asking the court to allow him to visit his 3-year-old son twice a week and to allow his son to sleep at his home once a week.
He also asked the court to allow him to bring his son to his hometown in Escalante, Negros Occidental to visit his grandparents.
Yap also said he got hurt when Kris, in her petition, asked the court to give her full custody of Baby James.
He said he was also surprised when he learned that Kris wants to change Baby James’s surname from Yap to Aquino once their marriage is nullified.
He said he last saw Baby James on July 30 after his son's vacation in the United States with Kris and her other son, Joshua.