Kho refuses to name bigtime ecstasy source

PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE — A contrite-looking Dr. Hayden Kho yesterday told a tale of sex and drugs at the Senate hearing on the sex video scandal involving him with several women including actress Katrina Halili.

Kho claimed that Halili introduced him to drugs.

He told Sen. Jinggoy Estrada on Halili’s instigation he took ecstasy before they had sex.

“Everytime we see each other there was no conversation. It was all drugs and sex,” Kho added.

Halili denied Kho’s claim and that she uses drugs but Kho dared her to take a drug test using her hair which the doctor said would be better because it would show residue of prohibited substance even a year after it was taken.

The cosmetic surgeon however refused to name his supplier of illegal drugs saying his family’s safety was at stake. He said his supplier was a “big man” with connections in government.

“Hindi ko po masasabi ang source ko. I cannot compromise the safety of my family. May threat sa aking pamilya,” Kho told the senators.

“Kapal ng mukha mo! Nakukuha mo pang tumingin sa akin!”

A distraught and angry Halili threw the barbed words at Kho.

After her outburst, Halili, 23, broke down. The actress’ mother and sister were present at the hearing so was Kho’s mother, Irene, who was dressed in white like her son.

Halili, dressed in green body hugging blouse, was responding to the query of Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. how she has been following her discovery of a sex video with Kho which the latter made without her knowledge. “Hindi ako makalabas ng bahay,” she said.

In between sobs, the actress gave a very emotional statement wherein she admitted committing a grave mistake in falling in love with Kho. But at the same time she vowed to get justice for what Kho had done to her and to the doctor’s other victims, whom he also videotaped while having sex with him.

“Wala akong malay na ang bawa’t yakap at halik ay scripted. Buong-buo kong binigay yung puso at ang kaluluwa ko sa isang lalaking gumagawa pala ng sariling pelikula. Ang tanga ko. Imbes na doktor, direktor pala. Inaamin ko ang pagkakamali ko. Ang pagkakamali ko ay minahal ko siya. At naniwala ako na minahal nya rin ako ng lubusan,” Halili said.

“Ako raw ang prinsesa niya sa ikalawa niyang mundo. Bata po ako madali niya ako napaniwala. Ako ang biktima rito. Araw-araw biktima ako habang pinapanood ang nasabing video. Hangad ko po ang hustisya at hukuman kahit alam kong habang buhay ko nang dadalhin ang ginawa sa akin,” she stressed.

Halili added:”Sana sa publiko itigil na natin ang pagtangkilik ng mga sex videos at malalaswang panoorin. Kung walang tumatangkilik wala ring gagawa ng mga sex video. Sana ang pangalang Katrina Halili na lamang ang huli sa mga sex videos. Sana wala ng susunod pa.

At the start of the hearing, Abner Afuang, a former policeman and a tabloid columnist, threw water at Kho, 29, which forced her lawyer Lorna Kapunan to reiterate the need to hold the hearing in an executive session.

Sen. Jamby Madrigal, chairperson of the panel conducting the probe, to ordered Afuang’s arrest. Kapunan earlier threatened that she and her client, Kho, would walk out of the hearing if the panel would not hold the hearing in an executive session.

Senate Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada and Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr., who made the privilege speech condemning Kho’s videotaping of his sexual intercouse with Halili, objected to Kho’s motion.

Lawyer Adel Tamano, who represented Dr.Vicky Belo, Kho’s former boyfriend, attended the hearing to present his client’s affidavit. Belo admitted that she was the one who ordered Kho’s friends — Erik Chua and Herbert “Bistek” Rosario — to retrieve the computers and hard drive from Kho’s apartment last Dec.9 because she knew that she also have a sex video with Kho.