Kris Aquino, James Yap and Money
All these talks about Kris Aquino and James Yap exhaust me. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a Kris Aquino fan but this latest saga is just tiring the heck out of me. With all her interviews and media statements, who wouldn’t? I mean, someone please tell Boy Abunda to knock some sense out of his friend Kris so she would shut her mouth.
But what has really caught my attention is the ensuing money battle. In their five years of marriage, Kris earned P300 million while James earned P20 million. It seems that Kris wants to nullify the marriage so that James wouldn’t have a claim to her wealth. James’ camp, however, insists that the marriage is valid and he will get “what is lawfully and rightfully his.”
In this money battle, the victim is the child, Baby James. Because Kris insists that there was no marriage, she also wants Baby James to carry the name Aquino and not Yap. Of course, and quite understandably, James doesn’t want to.
I am a big believer of Suze Orman’s mantra “People first. Then, money. Then, things.” My take on this is that James should just be the bigger man and not even bother with Kris’ wealth. Sure, legally he has a claim to half of what Kris earned but is this more important than reaching an amicable settlement that would best serve Baby James?
James doesn’t need the money. His new basketball contract guarantees him P20 million more for a three-year stint at PBA. He obviously doesn’t need Kris’ money. At this point, what’s important is Baby James and that he shouldn’t be subjected to the squabbles of his parents.