Hayden Kho is a doctor again
Hayden Kho in a promotional image for the 2013 film 'The Bride and the Lover'. Regal Films
MANILA - (UPDATED) Five years after his medical license was revoked in connection with a 2009 sex video scandal, Hayden Kho has been reinstated as a doctor by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
Kho, 34, took to Instagram late Monday to share a photo of a document signed on July 7 by Miguel Noche, Jr., chairman of the PRC's Board of Medicine.
The visible part of the document reads:
"Resultantly, we are constrained to construe complainant's failure to oppose as desistance or waiver of her right to object to the petition. As the case stands, petitioner's allegations regarding his qualifications and achievement remain unrebutted.
"We see no cogent reason to further burden petitioner with the remnants of a reckless faux pas when his overall conduct shows a manifestly repentant heart. While others simply passively wait for the period revocation to lapse, petitioner positively and quickly acted to prove himself a worthy medical doctor to this Board and the Commission.
"Wherefore, all premises considered and for reasons of equity and justice, the Board hereby grants petitioner's petition for reinstatement. Dr. Hayden Kho is hereby reinstated to the practice as medical doctor."
In the caption of the photo, Kho quoted two Bible verses that "reflect what my heart wants to say about this" -- Psalms 71:20 and Joel 2:25.
Getting through 'challenging saga'
Kho, in a statement sent to ABS-CBN News on Tuesday afternoon, credited his faith for helping him through his struggles in relation to the 2009 scandal and the subsequent revocation of his license.
"First of all, I thank The Lord Almighty for being who He is -- a God who loves, who disciplines, who gives grace, and who restores. I thank God that even before He gave me this gift of restoration, He has been walking [with] me, guiding my every steps, and pouring out blessings upon blessings that I don't deserve," he said.
Thanking those who have supported him and the PRC for restoring his license, Kho went on to give a message to those who may be undergoing similar challenges.
"I also want to thank my family, especially my loving mom, who stood by me throughout the challenging saga of my life. I'm grateful also to the PRC who appreciated and honored my efforts to lead a life pleasing to our real audience who is God," he said.
Kho added: "Lastly, I'd like to share this testimony of God's faithfulness to all those who are currently struggling and suffering from past mistakes -- give your life to Him and let Him take over with trust, faithfulness, and obedience and watch Him work things together for your own good."
The PRC revoked Kho's license in November 2009, after he was found guilty of committing "immorality, dishonorable and unethical conduct" in connection with his video-recording of his intimate interactions with different women without their consent.
The videos, including one showing TV actress Katrina Halili, made the rounds online and were even sold in DVD format at the time.
The circulation of the videos launched in May 2009 a highly publicized legal battle between Kho and Halili, who filed criminal charges against the doctor for allegedly violating Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act.
In August 2011, Kho filed a petition before the Court of Appeals (CA) to reverse the PRC's decision regarding his medical license. However, this was junked by the appellate court in July 2012.
In August of the same year, the CA also cleared Kho of criminal liabilities as it affirmed the ruling of a Pasig City court dismissing Halili's case against the doctor.
Kho, in the years following the scandal, managed to continue a career as a public figure. He starred in the 2013 film drama "The Bride and the Lover" and currently runs an eponymous perfume line.