Katrina Halili and Hayden Kho. File Photo.
MANILA – The camp of actress Katrina Halili is planning to question the decision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to reinstate Hayden Kho as a medical doctor years after his license was revoked in connection with a 2009 sex video scandal.
Atty. Raymond Palad said the PRC’s decision is premature because the two-year waiting period before a former doctor can file for a petition of reinstatement of his license has not yet lapsed.
“Nagtataka lang kami sa bilis ng proseso na ginawa ng PRC. Hindi ko malaman kung anong special consideration ang binigay dito when in fact ilang daan or ilang libong kaso pa ang nakabinbin sa PRC sa petition for reinstatement ng mga lisensya, hindi naman doktor kundi ng iba pang propesyon na binawi nila ang lisensya,” he said in a radio DZMM interview.
Palad said the counting of the two-year waiting period should begin after the Court of Appeals (CA) made its decision final in 2012.
"Sa Philippine Medical Act, nakalagay doon ang provision na after two years of revocation, yung PRC pwedeng ibalik yung lisensya ng isang doktor. Nung binawi ng PRC ang lisensya ni Hayden Kho nung March 2011, hindi pa natapos diyan. Hindi ka dapat diyan magbilang ng two years. Kasi yung decision ng PRC, chinallenge niya yan sa Court of Appeals, nilabanan niya yan,” Palad said.
"Katatapos lang ng kaso namin sa CA, nanalo kami sa CA. Sabi ng CA, tama ang PRC na tanggalin ang lisensya. Natapos lang yan July 26, 2012. Nagkaroon ng Certificate of Finality ang CA. Since hindi na nag-appeal si Hayden sa kanilang decision, naging final and executory na yung decision ng CA na tinatanggal ang license niya,” he added.
Thus, Palad contends that the PRC’s decision came too early because the two-year period where Kho could file a petition for reinstatement is supposedly not yet over until after July 26, 2014.
"Dapat July 27, 2014 ka pa lang pwede mag-file ng petition [for reinstatement]. Ang nangyari dito, July 26, 2012 naging final. December 2013 nagfa-file na sila ng petition for reinstatement, one year and a half pa lang yun,” he said.
Although they plan to appeal the recent decision of the PRC, Palad clarified that this is not anymore against Kho.
"Lilinawin ko, hindi ito against Hayden. Bilang abogado, against kami sa practice na yun. Kasi inabot kami from 2009 to 2012 naghi-hearing kami sa korte para matanggal ang license. Naging successful kami July 26, 2012. Two years pa lang sa July 26, 2014 pero nandiyan na yung lisensya. Bakit tinawag pa nating revocation ito? Baka mas mahaba pa yung suspension sa ibang doktor,” he said.