Friday, June 19, 2009

June 19, Katrina Halili and Dr. Hayden Kho Face Off at Start of DOJ Prelim Investigation — Dra. Vicki Belo Arrived Late But Presented Her Witnesses

19 June 2009

Actress Katrina Halili and Dr. Hayden Kho faced off earlier today at the start of the DOJ's preliminary investigation into Halili's complaint against Dr. Hayden Kho, Dra. Vicki Belo, Eric Johnston Chua, Dr. Mark Herbert "Bistek" Rosario and Princess Velasco in connection with   the uploading and distribution of the Hayden Kho sex videos. Halili stared and glared repeatedly at Kho who would simply glance, shake his head then move his sight away from hers.

Halili was already subscribing to her affidavit when Kho arrived causing a commotion among the crowd present especially the ladies. When it was Kho's time to subscribe to his affidavit, the crowd got noisier causing the head of the DOJ panel to admonish the public to keep quiet.  

Before the hearing was over, Kho's lawyer, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, urged the DOJ panel to issue a gag order prohibiting the parties from discussing the subject matter of the charge in public.  "Can we have a ruling from this honorable court that out of respect for the DOJ that there be no incendiary public statements or press conferences. The press is not a government agency and neither is it a court. This cannot be done by trial by publicity."  

Atty. Raymund Palad, lawyer of Katrina Halili, responded, "We are not saying anything about the sex videos in this case before the media. What we are doing is filing administrative cases, malpractice, DOH, which are separate matters." 

It turned out, however, that the DOJ has no authority to issue a gag order but Senior State Prosecutor Emily Fe Delos Santos who headed the DOJ panel gave assurance that the hearing will be conducted by them with impartiality. She said, "Amin lang pong pagtutuunan ng pansin ay lahat ng salaysay, ebidensiya, kontra-salaysay, ebidensiya.  We will not be persuaded or influenced by media."

This is the report filed by Ruth Cabal courtesy of GMANews.tv:

Dra. Vicki Belo also arrived at the DOJ but it was after the preliminary investigation had already ended.  She arrived minutes after Dr. Hayden Kho and Katrina Halili left the hearing venue.  She came with her witnesses who subscribed to their affidavits before the DOJ panel.  

Dr. Belo's witnesses are the guards who recorded in their logbook Eric Chua's presence at the Belo residence and Jacqueline Tang, the Singaporean lady advertising  executive and Belo Medical Group consultant that Dr. Adel Tamano identified in a TV interview several days ago as the person with whom Dra. Belo was having a dinner meeting and who saw Eric Chua hand over to Dra. Belo the DVD recording of the Hayden Kho sex videos. 

The other respondents in the case namely Eric Johnston Chua, Dr. Mark Herbert "Bistek" Rosario, and Princess Velasco did not attend the hearings but simply sent their lawyers.  They are expected to attend the next hearing on June 25 when they will also submit and testify on their respective affidavits.  

There will be a clarificatory hearing on July 14 after which the DOJ panel will come up with its determination if a probable cause exists that would warrant the filing of the case in court. 

This is the report filed by Ivan Mayrina courtesy of GMANews.tv:

The way I see it, regardless of what some of us might think, unless Eric Chua is able to controvert the counter-allegations made by Dra. Belo and her witnesses which tend to belie Chua's claim that Dra. Belo had the only copy of the DVD containing the Hayden Kho sex videos extracted from the laptops, the lady doctor might get off the hook in this case. 

You will recall that Eric Chua claimed he made a single master copy for Dra. Belo and gave it to the lady doctor. However, Atty. Tamano insists in his TV interview that the logbook kept by the agency security guards indicate Eric Chua as having left the Belo residence AFTER Dra. Belo left on the night in question, thus giving him about an hour and a half alone with the laptops and the sex videos, more than enough time to make a copy of the videos for himself.

But there are things that can be safely said about about Dra. Belo and the Hayden Kho sex videos.  

First, Dra. Belo made possible the retrieval of the laptops which contained the sex videos from Hayden Kho's condo unit. It was she who gave the key to Hayden's condo unit to Eric Chua, Bistek Rosario and Princess Velasco so that they could retrieve the laptops. 

Second, she also made it possible for Eric Chua to retrieve the sex videos from the laptops since she asked him to do it and allowed him inside her house for that purpose. 

Third, assuming her version of the story is correct, she gave Eric Chua the chance to make a copy of the sex videos for himself since, according to her version, she left her house ahead of Eric Chua leaving him with more than enough time and opportunity to make more than one copy. Although Atty. Tamano insists that Dra. Belo instructed Eric Chua to delete the videos, it appeared that being present on time for her dinner meeting that night was more important to her than ensuring that the sex videos were deleted before she left her house.  

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