NBI recommends filing of anti-violence rap vs. Hayden Kho

MANILA, Philippines - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday said there was basis to file a criminal complaint against celebrity doctor Hayden Kho Jr. in connection with his sex video with Katrina Halili.

In a report on its investigation on the sex video that was posted on the Internet, the bureauÂ's Anti-Fraud and Computer Crimes and Division (AFCCD) said what Kho did was a violation of Section 5 (h) and (i) of RA 9262, otherwise known as the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act.

The report by NBI Director Nestor Mantaring and Deputy Director for Special Investigative Services lawyer Victor Bessat to submitted to Chief State Prosecutor Jovencito D. Zuno, came a week after the bureau started looking into the complaint lodged by actress Maria Katrina Iren Pe Halili, 23, a resident of 11th St. corner Victoria St., New Manila, Quezon City.

According to the report, the sex video of Halili and Kho was recorded inside a room at the Holiday Inn, Ortigas Center, Pasig City in September 2007.

Halili claimed in her sworn statement that she met Kho sometime between June and July 2007 when she went to the Belo Medical Group, owned and operated by KhoÂ's live-in partner Dr. Vicki Belo, to have liposuction. She said the liposuction was performed by Kho.

She said that her relationship with Kho was purely professional - one of doctor and patient, as it was common knowledge that the latter and Belo were sweethearts. However, she said their courtship immediately started with an exchange of text messages until they finally became sweethearts in August 2007.

As lovers, she said, they would discretely see each other and they would Â"engage in lovemaking."

Â"That during the relationship, Dr. Kho repeatedly assured her that he loves her so much and explained that the matter of the latterÂ's maintenance of two Â'sweetheartsÂ' had something to do with his having two Â'livesÂ' where in the second life, she was the girlfriend," the complaint read.

Halili said she ended her relationship with Kho out of respect for Dr. Belo but still continued to exchange text messages. She said their relationship ended January 2008.

In recommending the filing of case against Kho, Director Mantaring cited the result of psychological evaluation made by the NBI Neuro Psychiatric Division (NPD) that Halili was Â"suffering from an adjustment disorder with depressed mood" apparently as a result of the sex video controversy.

Halili has claimed before NBI probers and at a hearing of the Senate that she did not know the sex act was recorded.

She said she even lost television projects and endorsements since rumors about the sex video spread.

The NBI said it is still trying to identify the person or persons who uploaded the sex video on the Internet.

On Wednesday, businessman Eric Johnston Chua, a friend of Kho, appeared at the NBI, to deny that he was responsible.

Facing reporters later, he said: "I already filed my affidavit and I answered allegations. I have nothing to do with the upload. I have been here at the NBI for about 12 times but in connection with my piracy license, which is other matter. But this is the first time I appeared for this case."

Chua admitted taking into his possession the hard drive of KhoÂ's computer that contained the sex video in question, but denied uploading the video onto the Internet.

Chua was implicated by Kho, who admitted doing the sex video with Halili but denied posting the same online. Chua was also reportedly mentioned in HaliliÂ's affidavit.

Probers have also subpoenaed Dr. Mark Herbert Â"Bistek" Rosario Â- another friend of Kho Â- who is connected with the Makati Medical Center and linked to the sex video.



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