Court gags Kris Aquino, James Yap on custody fight over son


Kris Aquino

MANILA, Philippines – A gag order has been issued by a local court against actress-host Kris Aquino and ex-husband James Yap, refraining them from commenting further on their fight for custody of their son.

Judge Liza Marie Picardal-Tecson of the Makati regional trial court Branch 144 issued the ruling Friday during its hearing on the hold departure order filed by Yap against Aquino and their son Bimby (James Jr.) who were scheduled to leave the country for a vacation.

Five days before Yap sought the travel restriction, the court received and granted a petition from Aquino asking for a temporary protection order to keep Yap away from her and the boy following recent alleged sexual advances and rough treatment of her by Yap that had supposedly traumatized the boy.

In her petition, Aquino asked the court to order Yap to stay away by keeping at least a hundred-meter distance from her, Bimby and any household member. It also asked that the court render permanent the current 30-day protection order. The court has yet to decide on making the protection order permanent.

Yap filed for the petition for a hold-departure order after learning that Aquino and Bimby were to leave on Saturday  for a vacation in Paris, France, alleging that, like the temporary protection order, the departure would violate his visitation rights as Bimby’s father. “You cannot take the child out of the jurisdiction of the court,” his counsel Lorna Kapunan told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

On Friday, however, Kapunan would not say a word about the merits of the case. “We have a gag order from the court,” she said upon emerging from the courtroom.

Aquino’s lawyer Frank Chavez, upon sweeping out the courtroom doors, also announced to the waiting media: “You get nothing! Our lips are sealed.”

“We will show respect to the court and we will not make any statement on what had happened because the hold departure order application has already been submitted for resolution,” he added.

The gag order covers “the entire case,” and not just regarding the hold-departure order application, Chavez said. It also covers “not only the parties and their counsel but even you,” Chavez said, pointing to the reporters.

Yap’s hold departure order plea against Aquino and her son was expected to be resolved within the day.

The gag order came a day after Aquino and her sisters granted extensive interviews on television news programs, detailing her side of the issue.

Yap had been similarly interviewed on television.

During the tearful interviews, Aquino tendered her “resignation” from show business and said that she was “doing everything” for her son.

As news of the gag order spread through social media, netizens expressed more relief than curiousity. User @jklans, like many others, noted: “It’s about time,” while user @pastor_ey hailed the order as “SOLOMONIC!”

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  • DakuAkongUtin

    Phili Inquirer must refrain from covering this story. This is a personal problem not worthy of national scope.

  • bongarroyo

    hahahaha…piyesta na naman dito ang mga bff ni PNoy sa mga ganitong isyu lang kasi sila nakakabawi……ayaw kasing mangurakot ni PNOy.

  • pening_garcia

    The court’s gag order should be specific so much so that it will not have any se xual conjecture since Kris always gag whenever she perform fell atio on James.

  • Noel

    The gag court order should be directed to Gaga Kris who used media and Yellow network Kapamilya to show her acting ability. This time, she was with three ugly sisters whose noses resemble their late mom, It reminds me of the time she also cried shamelessly on nationwide TV after her break up with Joey Marquez even admitting she had STD.

  • Rhenda_lahtigoh

    Nasaan na ngayon ang gabriela at iba pang militanteng grupong
    nagmamalasakit sa mga babae? bakit tahimik sila kay kris? bakit kapag sa ibang
    babae ay halos magpakamatay sila sa pagtatanggol at pagbatikos sa mga opisyal
    ng gobyerno?

  • Napu2kan

    Hindi pa ba kontento si james yap sa mga perang pumapasok sa bulsa niya
    at kailangan niya pang gamitin ang kanyang anak para makadelihensiya sa kanyang
    dating asawa?

  • felino_hernaez

    Dapat din sigurong alamin ang koneksiyon ni james yap sa mga arroyo.
    hindi natin masabi kung sino ang mga nakausap niya bago mangyari ang insidente,
    hindi rin natin masabi kung pinagplanuhan ito o hindi dahil alam nilang aangal
    si kris kapag pinagtangkaan pa siya ni james

  • Batang Altura

    sabi ni Kris mag-quit na lang daw siya sa showbiz,ewan ko lang gagawin nya ito..mag-aral na lang daw siya ng governance , preprasyon ito sa 2016 , tatakbo siyang vice president katambal ni Roxas na tatakbong presidente..

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