IT JUST BOGGLES THE MIND how a highly paid commercial sex worker ("bold starlet") like KATRINA HALILI has suddenly become transformed into a combination of Joan of Arc and Suzette "Nicole" Nicolas after running to Senator Bong Revilla (surely, the brightest light bulb to grace the Senate hallways) and the Mass Media with her tale of Sex, Videotape and mental suffering at the hands DR. HAYDEN KHO, her erstwhile lover while she was patient of, and he a lover to, the very famous Dr. Vicky Belo, who has single handedly made Plastic Surgery of face, neck, boobs and buttocks, the sought-after social status symbol of celebrity-addled Manila. Yes, it's complicated, I know but a chaos of glass houses smashed to smithereens in an all out stone throwing war might really be entertaining at this point.
Of course, it doesn't hurt her cause to have the national TV/radio network, GMA-7 fully behind her, as advocate, employer and marketer. As an example of unbiased television journalism, this Saturday StarTalk editorial "burns Hayden Kho at the stake" as a perverted secret sex videographer of many women. But talk about the POT calling the KETTLE black from the network that specializes in noontime shows featuring dozens of scantily clad Katrina Halili wanna-be's.
In the blogosphere yesterday, Ding Gagelonia (At Midfield) looked into the role of drugs in the sex video scandal, and today on her blog, Noemi Dado (the Momblogger) presented a psychological dissection of Dr. Hayden Kho and his "mental illness" which some say amounts to a perverse auto-voyeurism. But I think the picture needs to be enlarged a bit to include Ms. Halili. I find it impossible to believe that she did not know of the cameras rolling while she and Hayden were too. She is, after all, not camera shy, nor ignorant of the technology and its ubiquitousness. She would have to be an extreme naif as well as deaf and blind and largely senseless not to have known, considering that this was not the sort of thing they did just once during a many months long perfervid dalliance. Moreover, it is not logical to suppose that a premeditated release of the sex video was Hayden Kho's brilliant idea. Neither Hayden Kho nor Katrina Halili could possibly have wanted these videos to become public on the World Wide Web.
The true measure of a person's character is to be found in what he or she is willing to do when he or she presumes that no one is going to find out.
What Hayden Kho and Katrina Halili are suffering now is merely the consequence of that tragically false presumption. We owe them pity, but that is all. I don't see why either of them should be held up as examples of causes worth fighting for. I'm cold to them both and am willing to predict that Katrina Halili and Hayden Kho, and those behind, in front, under and over them both will all soon realize they ought to just patch this all up quietly and continue in the business of making money by selling made up flesh doctored and dolled up for ramp, runway and studio. The alternative of course is an escalating war of dueling videos, in which videos of other famous people doing it could hit the World Wide Web.
Then will the same Public be fooled and fleeced once more by hedonistic voyeurs, commercial sex artists, and their show-bidnez purveyors. But a chaos of glass houses destroyed in an all out stone throwing might really be entertaining at this point.