In a segment of Startalk last Saturday, July 18, Katrina Halili's lawyer Atty. Raymund Palad showed a compact disc containing what he said was a recorded conversation between Dr. Vicki Belo, Lolit Solis, Hayden Kho and his mother Irene Kho, Hayden's legal counsel Atty. Lorna Kapunan, and PR man Reli German. Palad said the meeting took place last May 21, 2009 at Vicki's residence.
"Malaking sabwatan na well-funded," was Atty. Palad's first salvo when Startalk asked his opinion on the recording. "Samantalang kami, hindi naman ganoon. Marami sila, may pera, yet pinagtulung-tulungan pa nila ang nag-iisang biktima [referring to his client, Katrina].
"Makikita din dito ang grand design kung paano ididiin ang iba pang partido—like si Erik Chua, si Bistek Rosario—ang planong na sila ituro. Marami ang nadamay na ibang tao na hindi sa amin galing. Magiging kahiya-hiya naman kami kung hindi namin ilalabas ito samantalang ang Prosecutor's Office, e, mayroon."
CODE NAME "ANGELS AND DEMONS." Tearing down Katrina's reputation, according to Atty. Palad, had its own code name. Labeled as "Angels and Demons," the alleged operation focused on bringing Katrina down.
The following excerpt from the audio clip was played on Startalk to supposedly shed light on this "scheme":
Lolit: Ipa-plot natin yung sa write-up. Madali na 'yan pagka medyo nag-subside na yung euphoria nila, ni Katrina, ano na 'yan, magkakaroon na 'yan ng openings sa questions, di ba? Why? Bakit? Hindi naman ganoong kalinis na babae si Katrina, ganyan. Ganyan.
For Atty. Palad, it was an obvious scheme.
"Kita n'yo na ang plano," he said, "kung paano sisirain si Katrina, kung paano haharap sa media si Dr. Hayden Kho, kung paano malulungkot ang mukha, kung kailan magsasalita si Irene Kho, kung sino una nilang pagbibintangan sa pagkalat ng sex video."
AUDIO CLIP WILL BE USED AS EVIDENCE. The recorded clip also mentioned extortion, with Hayden being heard as the one who initiated the subject:
Hayden: Yung extortion nangyari nung May 16.
Belo: No, do you have a text on him?
Hayden: No, never siyang nag-text, tawag lang.
Belo: Yun yung nag extort ng 4M?
This audio clip, according to Atty. Palad, would be used as evidence to help him find out who exactly is behind the uploading of the sex video.
"May mga admissions kung ilan sex videos ang binigyan ni Erik Chua," said Atty. Palad. "Nasa bandang dulo po ng audio clip. Nandiyan ang mga taong alam na ang katotohanan, pero pinagtakpan pa rin nila. May mga paglabag dito sa lawyer's oath... Ayaw ko pong magsalita, pero malinaw dito na noong aminin nung isa na ito nga ang mga may kopya ng sex video, e, talagang sinabi ng abogado na, 'Huwag natin sasabihin 'yan,' e, ibig sabihin dissemination 'yan. Napakasakit, di ba, na pagdating sa publiko iba yung hinaharap nila, and yet ito na pala ang katotohanan."
What Palad was referring to from the audio clip was supposedly the voice of Atty. Lorna Kapunan, saying: "To me, it is really wrong yung taping, and you cannot say that was not wrong. You cannot even say 'I was on drugs'. You cannot say it's not your fault. If you cannot say that, my view here is, let us not say anything."
LOLIT AND HER PUBLIC RELATIONS. For Atty. Palad, Lolit's inclusion at the meeting last May 21 was understandable since she was just doing her job as a PR person.
"Nothing personal kay Ms. Lolit Solis. Kung narinig ko lang pag-PR niya, okay lang, hanapbuhay 'yan," commented Atty. Palad. "Pero marami kaming narinig dito na more than PR lang. Parang ano na ito, e, kung paano mo sisirain ang isang tao. Iba kasi ang PR na ipo-promote mo, e. Dito malalaman mo [ang] mga galamay noong taong gumagalaw sa likod ng mga partido na may mga problema ngayon."
He added that people have enemies and friends and it was no problem for him and his client. From day one, added Palad, they did not speak ill against Lolit, even though she sided with Vicky and Hayden and that she even scolded Katrina.
"Okay lang 'yan," he said. "Pero yung marinig mo pag-deliver, e, masakit. Ang message ko kay Nanay Lolit Solis, e, ang tawag nga namin sa Rizal, e, 'Lord, protect me from my friends.'"