The drama and circus now surrounding the Senate public hearings on the private bedroom affairs of Dr. Hayden Kho and his women turned into a situation where Senators have become clowns and voyeurs. And with the 2010 elections coming, the motive of those basking in the limelight at the expense of victims such as Katrina Halili has become well pronounced.
Rather than protect the public from pornography, the heat and noise generated by the hearings on the sexual affairs of Kho — which would have been ignored by senators in the United States if it happened to American celebrities — has sparked so much interest in sex scandals that even schoolchildren who watch the news on TV are exposed to such immoral behavior.
Include here the holier than thou posturings of some senators who criticize Kho, but they themselves have been involved in illicit affairs in the past. A criminal case which should have been left to the police or government investigators has become a venue for senators with higher ambitions to get free publicity at the expense of Katrina Halili, Hayden Kho, sex and pornography, inarguably the most sellable topics today.
Emil Jurado, in his column To the Point in the Manila Standard says:
“Voyeurism has afflicted the Senate with its scheduled investigation of the Hayden Kho sex videos.”
Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, who is more sober compared to his publicity-drunk colleagues, said the Hayden Kho – Katrina Halili hearings have become a circus.
While the aspects of women’s dignity, human rights, rights to privacy and voyeurism are important issues yet these all my be resolved with our turning the senate hearing in a circus.”
A sobbing Katrina Halili went into an emotional outburst in a Senate hearing on voyeurism, calling her ex-lover and cosmetic doctor Hayden Kho an animal in their first face-off after the scandal broke out early May 2009 [Watch the video of the emotional confrontation]