Bong Revilla wants harsher penalty for Hayden

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 25 2009 02:26 AM | Updated as of Sep 25 2009 10:27 AM

MANILA - Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. is not content with the "lenient" punishment meted by the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) on celebrity doctor Hayden Kho Jr., in connection with his sex video scandal.

Revilla on Thursday said the punishment on Kho should have been heavier than the 2-year suspension the PMA is suggesting to the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), like revoking the license of Kho altogether.

A heavier punishment could teach other medical practitioners and could serve as a warning, he said.

Revilla said he hopes the PRC won't follow the PMA suggestion.

"Muli akong nananawagan sa mga iba pang na-biktima ni Hayden na magsampa rin ng kaukulang kaso. Ito ay hindi lang para sa kanilang kapakanan, laban na ito ng lahat ng mga Pilipina kontra harassment at exploitation," Revilla said.

"Dapat nang matigil ang pagkalat ng mga sex video scandals sa ating bansa," he added.

The PMA Ethics Commission said the suspension was originally for 3 years, but since Kho was not the one who distributed the videos, and that the women consented to the sexual acts, the suspension was shortened to 2 years.

Kho was among those accused by actress-model Katrina Halili for uploading on the Internet the racy videos of their sexual encounters.

Kho admitted filming the sexual encounter but denied uploading the videos, accusing mutual friends of allegedly making copies from his laptop computer.

Halili had charged Kho with psychological violence under the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004.

Kho also voluntarily suspended his medical practice after Halili filed a separate complaint against him before the PRC. With a report from Maricar Bautista, ABS-CBN News