James Yap: 'I did not seduce her'

MANILA, Philippines - "I don't like you, you're a liar," 5-year-old Bimby would tell dad James Yap.

A tearful Yap shared this with the press when he faced them on March 20 to give his reaction to the temporary protection order filed against him by his former wife, actress and television host Kris Aquino.   

"I keep thinking, what did I do [wrong]?" said Yap between sobs, in Filipino. "When I ask, 'Who teaches you that? Who tells you that?' 

"'Mama, mama'."

Yap said he would then ask Bimby to look into his eyes. "Papa loves you very much," he would tell the child.

Yap denied making "overt sexual advances" towards his former wife in December 2012.

"I was saying goodbye and asking Bim to give his dad a kiss. He said, 'I don't like.' 

"So I said, 'If you don't kiss Papa, I will kiss Mama.' And Kris said, 'Yuck, yuck, yuck.'

"I approached Kris, held her here [points to his left arm], then said, 'Bim, look. I'm about to kiss your mom.' 

"Then Kris suddenly said, 'You're hurting me!'

"It was as if she was telling Bimbs (sic) I was hurting her. Of course the kid really thought she was being hurt. He went between us and hugged her. His back was against me while she was facing me.

"Kris's expression was mocking me. I tried to tell Bim what she was doing.

"'Bim, look at your Mama's face, she's smiling.' And when Bim looked at her, she pretended to be angry again."

Yap broke down in sobs again.

"Kris is making me look like a rapist. Whetever's written there is not true," he said of the TPO.

"I never hurt her, I never used anything on her.

"What I'm afraid of is you tell Bimby bad things about me. When I ask him, 'Who taught you that?' He would say you taught him. Do you think I don't get hurt by what you're doing?"

Yap said that Kris would not be able to say anything.

"Don't forget, my brother still has 3 years in office," Kris would apparently say, referring to her brother, President Benigno Aquino III.

"I did not seduce her," said Yap vehemently. "I have really moved on. There is none of that spark. My focus is really just my child."

He is determined to fight for his right as a dad. 

"Bimby, I'm doing this because I love you very much."

Yap's camp submitted a hold departure order before Kris leaves the country.

On March 21, they will submit their answer to the TPO.

Watch this segment aired over ABS-CBN's 'Bandila' on March 20:

- Rappler.com