Jake Ejercito fires back at Andi Eigenmann: "This is about my rights as a father"
"In spite of the slanderous claims made by some, I have relatively kept my piece since I filed the petition for joint custody of Ellie..."
After Andi Eigenmann took to twitter, fuming, against Jake Ejercito and his family. Jake is not responding to her outburst, through a statement released through his lawyer. According to an ABS-CBN news report, Jake wanted to address accusations that he wants to take their daughter away from Andi.
Clarifying his joint custody petition, Jake simply said he wanted to make up for lost time with his daughter. It was only last year when he confirmed that he was Ellie's biological dad.
"In spite of the slanderous claims made by some, I have relatively kept my piece since I filed the petition for joint custody of Ellie," he said in a statement. "But in recent days, one in particular has been overgeneralizing to the point of dragging my entire family into the issue."
"My family and I reached to out to you numerous times and in countless of ways. Please stop making it seem otherwise and leave them out of this..." - Jake
"I now kindly request her to focus her tirades on me as I will not allow myself to be used as a publicity pawn against my family. Moreover, I will not let my family be incessantly used in someone's apparent pursuit to play victim," he went on, urging Andi to acknowledge that his family made efforts to reach out to her.
"My family and I reached to out to you numerous times and in countless of ways. Please stop making it seem otherwise and leave them out of this. Besides, this is about my rights as a father who is already making up for so much lost time. Please stop making it about you," continued Jake, adding how he hopes this will be the last time he would need to comment on the ongoing petition, which he hopes will be resolved in a speedy and amicable way. "Let us have faith in our justice system and allow the case to take its proper course."
"Stop accusing me of playing victim each time I voice out how I feel. I'm not a victim. I'm just no coward like you." - Andi
In response, Andi again took to twitter, writing that it was Jake she was referring to and not his family.
"I reached out to you, countless of times but your ego was just way more important to you than your child," wrote Andi, saying that it was only Jake's sister Jerika who made an effort to reach out.
"I was a victim. A victim of abuse by you, Jake," she continued. "That caused me so much pain that I've already gone past. Stop accusing me of playing victim each time I voice out how I feel. I'm not a victim. I'm just no coward like you."
"I have an awesome life with the man I love and my beautiful daughter. I don't need to play victim. I don't need to make this about me," continued Andi, adding how Jake would not resort to complicating things with a legal petition if he was purely thinking about their child's welfare. "I'm the one who's been working non-stop to provide for my child and what you do is accuse me of neglect."
"This isn't about who is right and who is wrong. I am aware of my faults." - Andi
"This isn't about who is right and who is wrong. I am aware of my faults. I've come to realize that it doesn't matter what good I do for my child. Everything will always just be wrong. Jake, if I ever said things to make it seem like I was gonna take my child away from you. That was cause I was hurt, and sad, and I loved you," she wrote, emphasizing that she no longer has feelings for Jake and that she's grown up to be capable of making decisions for their child.
Continuing, she wrote to Jake: "YOU are very much a part of what I want for her. What's confusing is why you have to bring me down and insist that I'm unfit just for you to ask for that joint custody, that I very much want as well. Burning down other people's light to make yours shine brighter is such a stupid thing to do. I just thought you were better than that."
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