Kris Aquino. File photo

MANILA, APRIL 22, 2013 (ABS-CBN) The management of ABS-CBN has agreed to let Kris Aquino go on temporary leave, saying the actress-host will continue to fulfill her contractual obligations after she attends to personal matters involving her sons.

In a statement released Wednesday, ABS-CBN said the 42-year-old TV host will go on leave in June, in light of her responsibilities as a mother to her sons Joshua Aquino and James "Bimby" Yap, Jr.

"Matapos ang masusing pag-uusap, sumang-ayon si Kris na pansamantala munang mag-leave upang magkaroon muna siya ng panahon sa kanyang anak na si Bimby ngayong Hunyo habang ito'y nakabakasyon sa eskwela, at para madala na rin si Josh sa ibang bansa upang maisulong ang kanyang developmental progress," the statement said.

In a live interview on the evening newscast "TV Patrol" in March, Aquino announced that she is tendering her resignation from her shows, calling it as a sacrifice to ensure the welfare of her children.

[EYE-CATCHING: The President’s sister and incidentally the country’s No. 1 taxpayer, Kris Aquino, at the state luncheon Tuesday hosted by her brother for Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah who was here on a two-day state visit. EDWIN BACASMAS]

The announcement came after Aquino's spat with former partner James Yap, the father of Bimby, became public and was subsequently taken to court.

Aquino has a morning talk show "Kris TV," which currently airs weekdays on ABS-CBN. She also stars in the primetime soap "Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw," which will air its final episode on Friday. On weekends, she appears as a judge on "Pilipinas Got Talent."

The reality talent search, which is now on its quarterfinals, is expected to crown its season 4 winner in June.

"Pagkatapos ng kanyang leave, haharapin muli ni Kris ang mga responsibilidad niya sa ating mga Kapamilya na patuloy na tumatangkilik at sumusuporta sa kanya, at tutuparin ang kanyang mga contractual commitments sa ABS-CBN nang hindi naapektuhan ang kanyang tungkulin bilang isang ina," the management of the Kapamilya network said in its statement.

It added: "Nauunawaan ng ABS-CBN ang kagustuhan ni Kris na maging isang mabuting ina sa kanyang mga anak na sina Bimby at Josh. Ngunit sa kabilang banda ay [pinahahalagahan] din ng network si Kris bilang isang iconic talent at respetadong media personality sa bansa." -- From a report by Marie Lozano, ABS-CBN News


BIR: Kris Aquino, Smart top taxpayers By Camille Diola ( | Updated April 15, 2013 - 5:40pm

In this file photo, talk show host and multiple product endorser Kris Aquino gives away prizes to prizes to a contestant in her show Kris TV aired over ABS-CBN network.

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III's celebrity sister, Kris Aquino, is the country's top taxpayer, based on the list of the top 500 individual taxpayers released by the Bureau of Internal Revenue on Monday.

According to the BIR report, the "Queen of All Media" paid a total of P49,871,657.37 during the taxable year 2011.

Tesla Motors executive Gregory Reichow followed Aquino as the second biggest taxpayer, having paid over P38.1 million, while senior diplomat and former Ambassador Lauro Baja Jr. landed in third place with the payment of over P34.2 million taxes.

Broadband and mobile group Smart Communications, Inc., meanwhile, was the top among corporate taxpayers charged with P10.2 billion by the government.

The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) paid P8.3 billion in taxes while oil giant Shell Philippine Exploration retained its 2010 third-place ranking with P6.26 billion worth of taxes.

Top 10 taxpayers:

1. Kris Aquino (media) - P49,871,657.37
2. Gregory Reichow (Tesla Motors executive) - P38,196,685.00
3. Lauro Baja, Jr. (senior diplomat) - P34,257,368.88
4. Manuel V. Pangilinan (mining and telecommunications businessman) - P25,992,131.86
5. Aurelio Montinola III (Bank of the Philippine Islands president) - P24,472,645.10
6. Gerardo Ablaza, Jr. (Manila Water, Co. chief) - P22,645,262.00
7. Philippe Jones Lhuillier (Cebuana Lhuillier pawnshop chain chief) - P21,645,000.00
8. Victor Manguerra Angeles - P21,202,815.34
9. Roberto Panlilio (Investment banking company JP Morgan executive) - P19,613,943.97 1
0. Felipe Gozon (GMA Network chief) - P19,587,983.60

Top corporate taxpayers 1. Smart Communications, Inc. - P10.235 billion
2. Manila Electric, Co. (Meralco) - P8.3 billion
3. Shell Philippines Exploration BV - P6.386 billion
4. Chevron Malampaya LLC - P6.31 billion
5. San Miguel Brewery - P4.886 billion
6. Globe Telecom, Inc. - P4.775 billion
7. Philip Morris Fortune Tobbaco, Inc. - P4.522 billion
8. Petron Corp. - P2.62 billion
9. Philex Mining Corp. - P1.876 billion

In 2010, Aquino was only the 17th top taxpayer in the country, with construction businessman Vicente Tan Lao topping the list. Splash Corporation exec Rolando Hortaleza and artist Carlo J. Caparas followed in second and third places.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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