"We're not aware if there's communication between Kris and James, although I understand that James received a text message once from Kris saying that she's open to visitation. Ang hindi lang gusto ni James, 'yong again, she's dictating the terms when that should be something that should be decided mutually by the father and mother of the child," James Yap's (right) lawyer Lorna Kapunan (left) told PEP on the progress of James Yap's court petition for visitation rights to his three-year-old son with estranged wife Kris Aquino.

 

 

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Ayon kay Atty. Kapunan: "He's more kalmado and panatag. Because when we explained to him what are his rights, and that we also explained that the courts normally are sympathetic and more open to granting visitation rights, medyo gumaan 'yong loob niya."

CONFIDENT AND CERTAIN. Tiwala ang abugado ni James na malaki ang tsansa nilang kakatigan sila ng korte, lalo na sa ipinaglalabang visitation rights kay Baby James.

Hindi gaya ng ibang mabibigat na court cases, kadalasan daw ay very considerate ang korte pagdating sa mga kasong may kaugnayan sa pamilya. Lalo pa raw kung may direct involvement dito ang mga anak.

"I think no matter how bad the fight is, or the hurt, or anguish, or pain, or disagreement between the husband and wife," paliwanag ni Atty. Kapunan, "the court has never denied visitation rights. Because the court recognizes that a family is a unit and a child should not be penalized for acts of the parents.

"In fact, all the more, a child in a situation like this should feel that he or she is not involved in the fight of the parents and that no matter what happens, the father is there for him, or the mother is there for him or her. In this situation, iba 'yong away ng mag-asawa, iba naman 'yong issue ng visitation over the child. So, the court will always give visitation over the child because that's good for the child." 

Mabilis at sigurado ang naging tugon ng abugado nang tanungin namin muli kung kumpiyansa ba silang mapagbibigyan ang hiling ng two-time MVP awardee na makasama paminsan-minsan at mabisita muli ang nawalay na anak.

"Yes!" sagot ni Atty. Kapunan. "We are very confident."