Ilang linggo nang laman ng mga balita ang sex-video scandal ni Dr. Hayden Kho kasama ang iba't ibang babae, kabilang na ang aktres na si Katrina Halili. Kumalat na ito hindi lamang dito sa Pilipinas; maging sa foreign news organizations ay pinag-uusapan na rin ang isyung ito.
Kung noong una ay si Hayden lamang ang inireklamo ni Katrina sa Department of Justice (DOJ), noong June 8, ay nagsampa ng panibagong reklamo ang aktres laban sa apat na iba pa bilang "accessories to the crime of Republic Act No. 9262" o Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children—Dra. Ma. Victoria G. Belo-Henares, Erick Johnston L. Chua, Dr. Mark Herbert "Bistek" A. Rosario, at Princess Marie S. Velasco.
Ayon sa Article 19 ng Revised Penal Code sa ilalim ng R.A. No. 9262, "Accessories are those who, having knowledge of the commission of the crime, and without having participated therein, either as principals or accomplices, take part subsequent to its commission in any of the following manners: by concealing or destroying the body of the crime, or the effects or instruments thereof, in order to prevent its discovery."
Nakakuha ang PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ng kopya ng supplemental complaint-affidavit na isinumite ni Katrina sa DOJ. Naka-attach din sa affidavit ni Katrina ang affidavit ni Dra. Belo noong May 26 at ang affidavit ni Erik Chua's na isinumite niya noong June 4.
Sa magkahiwalay na affidavit na isinumite nina Dra. Belo at Erik sa National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), lumalabas na marami sa mga statements nila ang hindi magkatugma.
Para maging mas malinaw, minabuti ng PEP na ilathalang muli ang buong affidavit na isinumite ni Dra. Belo, gayundin ang affidavit ni Erik.
AFFIDAVIT OF DRA. BELO. "Sometime in December 2008, I decided to break up with my then boyfriend, Dr. Hayden Kho.
"I was aware that Hayden had a video of us having intimate relations because I consented to the videotaping with the understanding that said video shall be deleted immediately after we had viewed it. However, since we had broken up, I wanted to make sure that Hayden no longer possessed a copy of said video.
"Thus, on 9 December 2008, I asked Hayden's friends, Messrs. Erik Chua and Herbert "Bistek" Rosario to retrieve the computers and hard drives which were issued to Hayden by the Belo Medical Group and where he may have stored a copy of our video. Since I owned the apartment where Hayden was staying and where, most likely, the computers and hard drives were located, I gave them the key to my apartment. They then went to apartment, took three (3) computers and one (1) hard drive, and brought them to my house.
"The computers did not contain the video I was looking for. Unfortunately, Erik, Bistek, and I could not access the hard drive because it was protected by a password. Erik, being in the computer business, volunteered to find a computer expert who could gain access into Hayden's hard drive to enable us to obtain the video file.
"On 18 December 2008, Erik, accompanied by a computer expert, went to my house. They went to work by decoding the password and gaining access to the hard drive. Since I was about to have dinner with my some friends, I left them at my house with specific instruction to delete the said video file from the hard drive should they find it.
"Later that evening, Erik arrived at the dinner and gave me a DVD. He told me, 'Ayan, regalo ko sa 'yo' (Here, my gift to you). I thought that the DVD contained the video I was looking for. Nonetheless, I was furious that Erik copied the video in a DVD despite my specific instruction to delete the video should he find it.
"When I went home, I played the DVD. I was shocked and appalled to find out that the DVD contained videos of Hayden having sex with other women, including Ms. Katrina Halili. Because of my anger, I destroyed the DVD and the hard drive and threw them away.
"The DVD and the hard drive that I destroyed were the only items which contained the videos that came into my possession and I have never distributed or authorized anyone to distribute to make copies of the aforesaid videos or DVD."
AFFIDAVIT OF ERIK CHUA. "I personally know Dr. Hayden Kho (hereafter, "Dr. Kho"), Ms. Princess Marie S. Velasco (hereafter, "Ms. Velasco"), Dr. Mark Herbert A. Rosario hereafter, Dr. Rosario"), and Dr. Marie Victoria G. Belo Henares (herafter, "Dr. Belo")
"On or about December 9, 2008, Dr. Belo and Dr. Kho had just arrived earlier that day from a trip to the United States;
"In the evening of 9 December 2008, Ms. Velasco, the long-time girlfriend of Dr. Rosario, visited Dr. Belo at her residence in [exact address], to report her illicit affair with Dr. Kho. Ms. Velasco told Dr. Belo that she had already told Dr. Rosario and I about the affair.
"To verify the statements of Ms. Velasco about Dr. Kho's infidelity, Dr. Belo requested Ms. Velasco to call Dr. Rosario, another acquaintance and me for a meeting at her residence;
"We met Ms. Velasco and Dr. Belo at the latter's residence the same evening;
"After hearing our report on Dr. Kho's infidelity with other women and his recordings of the sexual encounters with them, Dr. Belo asked me, Dr. Rosario and Ms. Velasco to retrieve the computers, storage devices and hardware of the Belo Medical Group which were in her condominium at Unit 2301 Asia Tower, Benevidez Street corner Paseo De Roxas, Makati City (hereafter, the Condominium Unit), where these recordings might have been kept;
"Dr. Belo summoned her household help for the key to the Condominium Unit, and gave this key to me. She then called her driver and instructed him to drive Dr. Rosario, Ms. Velasco, and me to the Condominium Unit using her van. We parked at the third floor parking garage for building occupants;
"Dr. Kho was not at the Condominium Unit when we arrived. Thus, we proceeded to retrieve the items requested by Dr. Belo;
"We returned to Dr. Belo's residence an hour later to turnover the computers, storage devices and hardware items she asked us to retrieve from the Condominium Unit;
"Upon Dr. Belo's request, while we were preparing to open a particular laptop to search for Dr. Kho's video files, we learned that Dr. Kho had attempted to commit suicide. Dr. Rosario, Ms. Velasco, and I rushed back to the Condominium Unit where we found Dr. Kho sprawled and unconscious;
"Dr. Rosario examined Dr. Kho's condition and after ascertaining that he was still alive, we rushed him to the nearby Makati Medical Center. Dr. Belo followed us.
"After the attending physicians at the emergency room of Makati Medical Center took over, Dr. Rosario, Ms. Velasco, and I left. Dr. Belo stayed in the hospital with Dr. Kho;
"At or about 18 December 2008, Dr. Belo called and requested me to assist her to open the computers we retrieved from the Condominium Unit;
"I went to Dr. Belo's residence where I was ushered to the den where the items were kept;
"In Dr. Belo's presence and on her request, I switched on the laptop which I was not able to enter since it required a password. On or about her third attempt, Dr. Belo entered the correct password and gained user access to the laptop.
"Dr. Belo and I immediately proceeded to search the laptop for the video recordings of Dr. Kho, and found numerous recordings of him having sexual intercourse with other women;
"Dr. Belo handed a recordable digital video disk ('DVD-R') and asked me to make a copy of the video recordings. In her presence, I made a copy of the video recordings, and turned over the DVD-R to Dr. Belo upon its completion. On Dr. Belo's instructions and likewise in her presence, I deleted all the video recordings in the laptop, and thereafter left her residence for another meeting;
"I am suspected of having a hand in the proliferation of Dr. Kho's sex videos;
"I absolutely and categorically deny these allegations. The foregoing facts bear me out."
ERIK'S INTERVIEW. Sa affidavit na isinumite ni Katrina sa DOJ noong June 8, nakalagay rin doon ang ilang pahayag ni Erik sa iba't ibang news programs; tulad sa interview sa kanya ni Jay Ruiz ng TV Patrol World ng ABS-CBN. Dito ay binigyang-diin ni Erik na walang ibang may hawak ng master copy ng sex video ni Hayden kundi si Dra. Belo lamang.
Isang linggo pagkatapos maiere ang interview ni Erik sa TV Patrol World, muli itong humarap sa naturang primetime newscast ng ABS-CBN para sabihin na hindi na nito matiis ang pananahimik habang nasisira ang kanyang reputasyon, gayundin ang reputasyon ng kanyang pamilya.
Muli nitong binigyang-diin na wala sa kanya ang master copy ng naturang video. Sa naturang TV interview ni Erik, inamin din nitong "many times, Hayden flaunt the video to his friends."
CONTRADICTING STATEMENTS. Sa isinumite namang affidavit ni Katrina, binigyan ng emphasis ang "contradicting statements" nina Erik at Dra. Belo.
Ayon kay Erik, walang nabanggit na may iba pa silang taong kasama ("being referred as computer expert") nang subukan na nilang buksan ang laptop ni Hayden, "and that, after three attempts, it was only Belo who was able to enter the correct password."
Sinabi rin ni Erik, na binigyan siya ng DVD-R ni Dra. Belo at sinabi nitong gumawa ng kopya ng video recordings.
Sa statement naman ni Dra. Belo, nang dumating daw si Erik kasama ang sinasabi nitong "computer expert" noong December 18, iniwan niya ang mga ito sa kanyang bahay dahil may dinner pa siyang pinuntahan with her friends, but with an instruction na i-delete ang video kung sakaling makita nga ng mga ito.
Hayagang nakalagay sa sinumpaang statement ni Katrina na between the affidavits of Dra. Belo and Erik Chua, she is more likely to believe the version of Erik.
Nang makausap ng PEP ang legal counsel ni Katrina na si Raymund Palad ng Palad Tan and Palad Law Firm, sinabi nito na, "Kung pagbabasehan ang affidavit na isinumite ni Dra. Belo, ang computer at hard drive ay nasa pagmamay-ari na niya from the period it was delivered to her by Erik Chua, Bistek Rosario, and Princess Velasco on December 2008 up to December 17, 2008. Nothing could have prevented Dra. Belo from asking other person to burn a copy, lalo na't kung papaniwalaan ang affidavit ni Erik na alam ni Dra. Belo ang password, nothing could have prevented her from asking other person to burn a copy of the sex videos from the said period."
THE OTHER RESPONDENTS. Tinanong din ng PEP si Atty. Palad kung bakit bukod kina Dra. Belo at Erik ay isinama rin nila sa complaint sina Dr. Rosario at Princess. Ayon sa abugado, ito ay sa dahilang "liable" din ang dalawa as "accessories."
"As early as December 9, 2008, they knew of the existence of the sex videos of Hayden with Katrina and they did nothing to report the same to complainant," sabi ni Atty. Palad.
Sa puntong ito, naniniwala ba silang posibleng dalawang tao lang ang talagang may hawak ng master copy ng sex videos ni Hayden, o gaya ng ibang version na lumalabas na apat na tao ang may hawak ng kopya ng mga sex videos?
"Well, hindi kami makakapag-comment sa kung sino lang talaga ang may hawak or kung ilan ang may hawak. Ang personal analysis ko lang, based on the interview of Erik Chua and his affidavit, we are more inclined to believe that Dra. Vicki Belo was the only one who has the copy.
"Sa ngayon, wala kaming idea kung meron silang apat na kopya. It's only the four of them who knew the existence of the sex video. Basically from December 2008, so, we don't know kung may kopya na sila simula sa period na yun," sabi ni Atty. Palad.
Just in case ma-discover na isa pala among the four—possibly Vicki or Erik—ang may hawak ng master copy at siyang nag-order ng pag-a-upload ng sex video sa Internet, anong legal actions ang posible nilang gawin?
"If upon the investigation of NBI... Since in our supplemental complaint-affidavit, we never alleged kung sino ang nag-upload, if NBI discovers later on who uploaded the sex video... Kung na-upload, ibig sabihin may nagbigay ng DVD, doon natin malalaman kung sino. Kung sino rin ang nagbenta, malalaman.
"Siguro if that time comes, we will study filling a civil and criminal case to whoever is responsible for that. Sa ngayon, wala pa. Ang case pa rin natin na naka-pending sa DOJ is only for the violation of RA No. 9262," saad ng legal counsel ni Katrina.
Sa kasalukuyan, ayon kay Atty. Palad, pagkatapos nilang mag-file ng panibagong complaints kina Dra. Belo, Erik, Dr. Rosario, at Princess, ang preliminary investigation naman ng DOJ ang haharapin nila. Puwede raw magkaroon ng clarification questioning at kapag pinadalhan na ng subpoena ay ipatawag ang apat, maging si Hayden, at doon ay magkakaharap-harap sila at maging si Katrina rin.
Napag-alaman ng PEP na ang schedule ng hearing sa DOJ hinggil sa complaint ni Katrina laban kay Hayden at sa apat na iba pa ay naka-set na sa June 19 (Friday) and 25 (Thursday) sa ganap na alas-dos ng hapon.