A sordid sex video scandal involving cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hayden Kho and various women including sexy actress Katrina Halili is boosting online searches for the sex videos.
A check on Google Insights for Search showed that searches for the term "Hayden Kho" rose 20 percent from May 13 to 15 and continued to rise up to 50 percent by May 18.
Searches for "Katrina Halili" skyrocketed at least 90 percent from May 18 to May 20, according to Google Insights.
The top 10 rising Google search strings related to the two search terms during the period are:
1. hayden kho +950%
2. hayden +950%
3. katrina hayden video +900%
4. katrina halili hayden +900%
5. katrina and hayden +850%
6. hayden kho scandal +850%
7. katrina hayden scandal +800%
8. hayden scandal +750%
9. video katrina halili +700%
10. hayden katrina +700%
A separate check on Google Trends showed that many of the searches were conducted in Quezon City, Cagayan de Oro City, Makati City, Manila and Pasig.
On Wednesday, Halili accused Kho, her former lover, and others of violating the Republic Act 9262 or the law on violence against women and children. As part of the procedure, the sexy actress underwent a psychological evaluation in the NBI on Thursday.
Kho has publicly apologized for the scandal and said he is deeply hurt by the proliferation of the videos.
"I deeply regret everything that has happened because of poor judgment. Nagsisisi na po ako sa dami ng mga nadamay, sa dami ng mga nasaktang tao, dahil may nagnakaw at nagkalat nung videos," Kho said.
He maintained that he is also a victim of the controversy, since the videos, which he said were supposed to be private only, were stolen from him and were sold by a former friend.
He also said that he is ready to face the consequences of his actions.
"Right now, I only feel deep remorse. I know it's too much to ask for forgiveness right now, [pero] sana, someday, people would learn to condemn the sin and not the sinner," he added.
He also appealed to the public to stop distributing and watching the videos.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has subpoenaed Kho, his former girlfriend Dr. Vicki Belo, and fellow doctor Eric Johnston Chua regarding the investigation on the alleged sex video.
Belo reportedly had a copy of the sex video while Chua was named as the person allegedly responsible for exposing it to the public.
On Friday Belo also admitted that he made a sex video with Kho.