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“SOBRANG PAMBABABOY” (Sorry folks, it would be lost in translation) But that’s how actress Katrina Halili describes herself after a sex video of her and Dr. Hayden Kho has been hitting up cyberspace. JESS YUSON


Palace joins outrage over doc’s sex videos

Katrina files rap vs Kho; DoJ bars his departure

By Tina Santos, Christine Avendaño
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:09:00 05/21/2009

Filed Under: Crime, Women, Internet, Legislation, Pornography, Celebrities

MANILA, Philippines?Even Malacañang has weighed in on the issue of sex videos now heating up cyberspace.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita urged all the women in Dr. Hayden Kho?s sex videos to press charges, saying that ?anything that is offensive to public morals must be sanctioned.?

The videos circulating on the Net have resulted in actress Katrina Halili filing a complaint against Kho, her ex-lover, at the headquarters of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Halili arrived at the NBI office at around 2 p.m. Wednesday with her lawyer and Sen. Ramon ?Bong? Revilla Jr., who delivered a privilege speech at the Senate on Tuesday accusing Kho of filming his sexual encounter with the actress without her consent.

Revilla called on the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to revoke Kho?s license and ban him from practicing medicine.

The senator, an action star before he entered politics, also pushed for the passage of his Anti-Pornography Bill, which seeks to slap stiffer penalties on those who publish, broadcast and exhibit pornographic materials through the use of traditional media, cyberspace, mobile phones and other media.

Ermita said the PRC should look into the scandal and direct the Philippine Medical Association to ?think of some ways of giving sanction to this particular person.?

?We will support the clamor for sanctions against the offending doctor,? he told reporters.

Earlier in the day, Halili called on Revilla at the Senate, where she was mobbed by curious Senate employees and guests.

Her eyes hidden behind dark shades, the actress declined interviews.

It was Revilla who told reporters that he would accompany Halili to the NBI headquarters and seek Director Nestor Mantaring?s help in stopping the circulation of the Halili sex video.

At the NBI office, Halili told reporters that she was ?willing to face all this embarrassment so that other people may learn.?

?I want to fight back because I don?t want this to happen to me again or to other women,? she said.

A weeping Halili said Kho should pay for debasing her and other women in sex videos: ?Sobrang pambababoy yung ginawa sa amin ni Doc Hayden, kaya dapat magbayad s?ya.?

She added: ?Women should be careful whom to trust. And I want those people responsible for circulating the videos to be punished. I?ll face all of them. Napakawalanghiya nila (They?re shameless).?

Three of the videos are now hot items in cyberspace and are being passed from one e-mail account to another. Copies are purportedly being sold to video pirates.

?Not her fight alone?

Revilla praised Halili for her courage.

?I really admire Katrina for refusing to be a victim forever. This is no longer Katrina?s fight alone but the fight of all Filipinas against harassment and exploitation,? he said.

Mantaring said the NBI would evaluate Halili?s complaint to determine the charges to be filed against Kho, the boyfriend of celebrity physician Vicki Belo.

He said the complaint would be handled by the NBI?s Violence Against Women and Children?s Division and Anti-Fraud and Computer Crimes Division, and that Kho would be invited for questioning during the investigation.

?Right now, the focus of the investigation is how the video circulated on the Net. We?ll try to find out who?s responsible for uploading the video,? Mantaring said.

Shame campaign, etc.

Senators are preparing to look into the scandal, with the Senate leadership referring Revilla?s speech to the committee on public information and mass media under Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and the committee on women, youth and family relations under Sen. Jamby Madrigal.

Cayetano said that while bills on violence against women and privacy remained pending, there were legal remedies including an ?intense shame campaign? against Kho.

?What better way to show at this point that what you did was a no-no and a grave abuse of human rights?? Cayetano told reporters.

Sen. Pia Cayetano said she intended to file an anti-voyeurism bill that would prevent a person from videotaping another person, and distributing such a video, without the other?s consent.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson said he would support Revilla?s call for the revocation of Kho?s medical license.

Lacson said it was bad enough that Kho had videotaped the sexual encounter with Halili; he said there was ?more reason? to denounce Kho for the public distribution of the video.

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said she was backing a Senate inquiry into the scandal ?because it raises the question of how often this is done and how many have been victims.?

?It is, to me, a direct affront to our community in terms of our community values,? Santiago said.

?If [Kho] wants to do this kind of thing, if he gets a kick from it, he has to go to a country where the culture allows it, not in the Philippines,? she said.

Immigration watch list

On the instruction of Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez, Kho is now on the watch list of the Bureau of Immigration ?in order to prevent his leaving the country and to ensure his presence in the [NBI] investigation.?

Gonzalez said Kho?s listing would ?remain in force until further orders.?

?He can be stopped from leaving and we can impose conditions if we will eventually allow him [to leave],? Gonzalez said.

According to Gonzalez, Kho may be charged under Republic Act No. 9262 (or the Anti-Violence against Women and Children Act of 2004).

He said Section 3 of the law banned treating women and children as sex objects, forcing them to commit indecent acts, and making films of them.

Gonzalez said the persons behind the production and proliferation of the sex videos could be held liable either as accessories or accomplices in the commission of the crime.

?The one who is instrumental in doing that should probably have to undergo some psychological [treatment],? Gonzalez said.

He added: ?Just what do you get out of that? To prove your manhood? Or are you an exhibitionist??

Asked if he thought Kho should be stripped of his license, Gonzalez said: ?Well, [videotaping his sexual encounters] is unprofessional conduct.?

Boycott ?em

Ermita asked the public to ?boycott? the sex videos, saying these would affect the ?morals of society? in a Catholic country such as the Philippines.

?Do not patronize them so those selling them would know that they won?t sell, that they would just find themselves in deeper trouble,? he said in Filipino.

Ermita also advised the public to be careful in the company of people who might take videos of them and later subject them to ?anything that is offensive and embarrassing to your person.? With reports from Norman Bordadora and Christian V. Esguerra

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