US-based website host to help NBI probe on Halili-Kho sex video upload

June 5, 2009 1:50 pm 

MANILA, June 5 –The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has asked the help of a US-based website host in probing the controversial sex video of actress Katrina Halili and Dr. Hayden Kho.

The bureau asked the unnamed US-based web host to open the system log that would pave way for the identity of person or persons behind the initial load of the sex video of Katrina Halili and Hayden Kho.

This developed as Halili expressed gratitude to NBI for the filing of criminal charges for violation of Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act against Dr. Hayden Kho before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The charges stemmed from Halili's complaint that she suffered psychological distress, emotional anguish, public ridicule and humiliation due to the uploading of the video in the Internet.

Halili vowed to fight her case until the person or persons behind the upload of the sex video were identified. “I expressed gratitude to the NBI, Senator Bong Revilla, Gabriela, and friends and supporters now that a case has been filed against Kho,” said Halili in Filipino.

The bureau entered the second phase of the investigation aimed at identifying the person or persons behind the upload.

“We already asked our counterparts (website host) to help us for the system log of the websites that could be the key to determine who (is/are) behind the upload,” said head agent Palmer Mallari.

“We study and evaluate the affidavits and there are denials and conflicting statements so we need to go farther like the technical aspects. We are focusing on the initial upload. And then we can apply for search warrant,” said Mallari.

During a press conference presided over by NBI director nestor Mantaring, lawyer Raymund Palad, counsel of Halili, said Eric Johnston Chua, admitted that she was instructed by Dr. Vicki Belo to copy the sex videos of Kho.

“After copying the sex videos, he gave it to Dr. Belo and was instructed to delete the sex videos in the laptop of Kho. So he has no copy at all and the master copy (hard drive) is in the hands of Belo,” said Palad.(PNA)

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