The Department of Justice has finally reached a decision regarding the case of Katrina Halili against cosmetic surgeon Hayden Kho Jr., which the actress filed last June under Republic Act 9262, or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act.
Last October 22, the DOJ approved the indictment of the celebrity doctor in the complaint filed by Katrina, stemming from the video showing them in explicit sexual acts.
The DOJ's resolution states: "We find that the evidence presented by complainant during the preliminary investigation merit the prosecution of said respondent for violation of RA 9262."
For Katrina, it was the good news she has been wanting to hear.
"Natuwa po ako sa nangyari," commented Katrina on Startalk yesterday. "'Saka nagpapasalamat po ako sa mga taong tumulong sa akin lalong-lalo na si Senator Bong Revilla, family ko, at lahat ng sumuporta sa akin."
WHEN IS THE NEXT HEARING? "Wala pa at hindi ko nabasa ang resolution ng DOJ," said Katrina. "Hindi ko pa alam kung kailan, pero sana po matapos na kasi mahaba-haba na din."
What are Katrina's expectations about a trial's outcome? If found guilty, Hayden may face six months to 12 years in prison.
Katrina answered without hesitation, "Siyempre, gusto ko siya makulong, para matuto po siya sa ginawa niya. Pag biglang pinatawad nang ganoon na lang, e, yung mga tao gagayahin siya na puwede pala gawin iyon, di ba?"
IS SHE READY TO FACE HAYDEN IN COURT? More importantly, is she ready to once again tell the tale she has told so many times already?
"Nakahanda na po ako harapin siya," said Katrina. "Ihahanda ko na lang sarili ko kasi sobrang stressful iyon. Dumaan na ako ng Senate, ng DOJ, PMA [Philippine Medical Association], PRC [Professional Regulation Commission], lahat dinaanan ko, lahat kinukuwento ko. Paulit-ulit."
Is she disappointed that the cases she filed against Vicki Belo, Herbert "Bistek" Rosario, Erik Chua and Princess Velasco were junked?
"Actually, ayoko magsalita sa part na iyon kasi hindi ko pa nababasa at pag-uusapan pa [namin ni Atty. Raymund Palad] kung ano ang dapat gawin doon."
News came out recently that Hayden has changed his ways and has even joined the fight against violence against women. What is Katrina's say on this?
"Wala naman masama sa akin na sumali siya doon, e," Katrina pointed out. "Pero sana pagbayaran niya muna ang kasalanan niya, di ba?"
Is mediation or settlement an option?