Katrina Halili tests negative for drug use

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 03 2009 12:16 AM | Updated as of Jun 03 2009 08:16 AM

Actress Katrina Halili, who was accused of using illegal substance by former lover Dr. Hayden Kho and his mother, on Tuesday tested negative for drug use.

Halili underwent a drug test at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Quezon City Tuesday to disprove allegations that she was a drug user and that she offered ecstasy to Kho during their brief affair in 2007.

The sexy actress submitted a urine sample to the agency but PDEA reportedly said that the test result was inconclusive. Drugs in urine can only be detected three to eight days after taking them, reports said.

Hair samples, on the other hand, can reportedly provide a more conclusive test result. PDEA, however, is not yet equipped to analyze hair samples.

After the drug testing, lawyer Raymund Palad, the actress’ legal counsel, said they are focusing now on the complaints they have filed against Kho’s camp.

Halili accused Kho of violating the law on violence against women and their children in connection with the sex scandal. She also asked the Professional Regulation Commission to revoke the cosmetic surgeon’s license.

The actress also sued Kho's mother, Irene, for accusing her of using drugs and influencing his son to take an illegal substance.

Meanwhile, both Kho and his mother, Irene, also went to the agency Tuesday to meet with PDEA Director General Dionisio Santiago. PDEA had subpoenaed the two in connection with the allegations of drug use. Like Halili, Kho also underwent a drug test at PDEA.

In a closed-door meeting, Santiago said Kho, who admitted that he once got hooked on drugs after his affair with Halili, still refused to divulge the names of his supplier.

“Hindi pa din kami successful to convince him to name names... he’s really worried about his security… we cannot force a person to reveal ‘yong mga names,” Santiago said.

He added: “But he will join PDEA kung meron kaming advocacy. They will join us. They will talk to the youth that there are better alternative, healthier options than drugs.”

A no-show

Amid the sex scandal, Halili was a no-show at the premiere of suspense film “Dalaw” Monday night.

Her manager, Omar Sortijas, said the actress is merely following her lawyer’s advice to avoid making a public appearance while the issue rages on. Sortijas said Halili also got ill last week due to the controversy.

Reports said Halili is set to meet women’s group Gabriela to discuss the case of a minor who was also abused through the use of video. Reports from Jay Ruiz and Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News