A family court in Makati City Friday issued a gag order over the court proceedings of the case involving presidential sister and TV host actress Kris Aquino and basketball player James Yap.
The issuance of the order has been declared by counsels former Solicitor General Frank Chavez, counsel of Aquino and Atty. Lorna Kapunan, lawyer of Yap after the hearing yesterday before Makati City regional trial court branch 144.
"You will get nothing from us," said Chavez after the hearing.
Kapunan said they (Chavez) both agreed for the gag order issued by Makati City Judge Liza Marie Picardal-Tecson.
The court heard Friday Yap’s petition for a hold departure order banning Kris from taking Bimby out of the country.
Chavez said the gag order extends not only on the hearing of the petition of the HDO but the entire case involving both parties.
The gad order also extends not only to Aquino and Yap but also to the parties of the counsel.
“We are not allowed to discuss the case,” said Chavez, adding “we do not know when the future hearing is until the court decides over the merit of the case.”
Kapunan said the court would decide over Yap’s petition Friday 3 pm.
“We want na lang to repeat the prayer of the family to pray for them and us,” said Kapunan.
Before the issuance of the gag order, Chavez said the court would hear on Aquino’s petition to make the protection order be made permanent on April 8 and 10.
Last March 15, the Makati City court granted the petition for a TPO filed by Aquino against Yap on March 15, the same day it was filed.
The TPO mandates Yap to stay away from Aquino, their minor son Bimby, 5, and any household member, at such as safe distance of at least 100 meters, and to stay away from her residence, school, place of employment or any place frequented by Aquino, their son and other household members.
The TPO is good for 30 days and expires on April 13.