PRC defends return of Hayden's medical license

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Posted at Jul 13 2014 04:58 PM | Updated as of Jul 14 2014 12:58 AM

Hayden Kho in a promotional image for the 2013 film 'The Bride and the Lover'. Regal Films

MANILA – The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) insisted that it strictly followed the rules of procedure in the Medical Act of 1959 when it returned the medical license of Hayden Kho.

This comes after the lawyer of actress Katrina Halili, Atty. Raymund Palad last week blasted the PRC’s decision as premature, noting that the two-year waiting period before a former doctor can file for a petition of reinstatement of his license has not yet lapsed.

Palad explained that the two-year waiting period should begin after the Court of Appeals (CA) made its decision final in 2012.

But in an interview with “The Buzz” which aired on Sunday, Dr. Miguel Noche Jr., chairman of the Board of Medicine at the PRC, said the commission is allowed to return one’s license after two years since it was revoked as long as the doctor behaved properly in the community.

“Bakit namin sinauli? Number one, nag-surrender siya ng kanyang license sa amin nung September 2011. Ang aming batas, kapag revoked ang license, pwede ka mag-apply after two years. Sinusunod namin ang aming Medical Act of 1959 or RA 2382. Sabi doon, pagkatapos ng dalawang taon, ang Board of Medicine pwedeng maibalik ang lisensya ng isang doktor na binawian ng lisensya kung nag-behave siya ng mabuti sa community at hindi siya nahabla ng immorality,” he said.

In the case of Kho, he said the two-year period should be counted starting 2011. “Ang aming bilang is the time na sinurrender mo [ang license]. Nung nagsauli siya, September 2011. Kung bibilangin mo yun, more than two years. Satisfied ang aming Medical Act,” Noche explained.

This was echoed by Kho’s lawyer, Atty. Lorna Kapunan.

“It’s not true that masyadong mabilis. In fact, matagal ng konti. Hindi naman matagal but final 'yung proseso ng PRC,” she said.

With this recent development, Kapunan said Kho and his family are very happy and that he will personally issue his own statement when he gets back to the Philippines.

“Si Hayden himself nakausap ng office namin. He is going to issue his own personal statement pagdating niya. Kumukuha siya ng klase ng theology, apologetics sa London. He has a heightened sense of spirituality ngayon eh. I guess now there is order in his universe,” she said.

Meanwhile, Palad said Halili’s camp is still waiting for Kho to sincerely apologize to the actress.

“Karapatan ng kahit sinong doktor na nabawian ng lisensya na mag-aspire na maibalik. Hindi tayo against doon. Patunayan lang niya na deserving na siya at pwede nang bumalik. Ang hinihintay namin is yung sincere na paumanhin kay Ms. Halili para magkaroon ng closure ang problema,” he said.

“Kasi mula pa nung 2009, wala pa talaga. 'Yun talagang sorry na huwag sa TV. Actually siguro matagal na napatawad pero sa palagay ko kung magso-sorry siya kay Ms. Halili, hindi naman tatanggihan,” he added.