NBI zeroing on Kho's relationship with Belo

June 9, 2009 12:05 pm 

MANILA, June 9 –The National Bureau of Investigation is zeroing on the status of the relationship of Dr. Hayden Kho with Dr. Vicky Belo before and after the controversial sex video of the former with actress Katrina Halili circulated in the Internet.

The bureau, as it entered the second phase of its probe on the persons responsible for the release of the sex video, has asked GMA 7 Network to furnish it with copies of the footage of two showbiz talk shows to establish the relationship of Kho with Belo.

Talks on sex video were discussed in the past episodes as early as December, 2008 of the Showbiz Central and Startalk.

The NBI is also tracking which of the 50 websites had showed the controversial video first.

The bureau will utilize two approaches to the website owner-operator who first “broadcast” the sex video.

“We would be using two approaches to deal him. We will deal him as suspect in relation to pornography and at the same time as witness as to identify which person/persons who gave them copy of sex video,” de Guzman said.

The NBI had asked a US-based website host to help open the log system that would unmask the person/persons behind the initial upload.

“The purpose of the opening the system log is for the determination of fingerprint of all internet sites and get the IP address of those involved. We are actually close and we just need more things to do to trace the website and the one who gave the copy of the sex video,” he said.

In an earlier interview, Head Agent Palmer Mallari, executive officer of the NBI Anti-Fraud and Computer Crimes Division (AFCCD), said the NBI had to rely heavily on the technical aspect of the case to unmask those behind the initial upload on the internet.

“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.

Chua said in his affidavit that he had no copies of sex video any more because he deleted it even before the sex video of Halili circulated on the internet.

During the Friday press conference presided over by 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.

The NBI recommended the filing of violation of Section 5 (h) and (i) of RA 9262, otherwise known as the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act, against Kho due to psychological distress, emotional anguish, public ridicule alleged suffered by Halili following the release of the video. (PNA)

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