GMANEWS.tv - 06/25/2009 - Phillipines
MANILA, Philippines – Irene Kho, mother of controversial celebrity surgeon Hayden Kho, failed to show up at the preliminary investigation on Thursday of the libel case filed against her by actress Katrina Halili.
Neither did Mrs. Kho's legal counsel appear at the investigation under prosecutor Rafael Villordon, despite her having been sent a subpoena to her home.
Halili filed a complaint of two counts of libel against Mrs. Kho with two counts of libel at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.
But Halili, accompanied by her legal counsel Raymund Palad, attended the hearing and swore by her affidavit as required by Villordon.
"Although the complaint-affidavit has already been sworn in before another city prosecutor when the case was filed, it is still my policy to require the complainant to appear personally before me to determine whether she is still pursuing the case or she already changed her mind from the time the case filed until the setting of the first preliminary investigation," Villordon said.
In her complaint, Halili said Mrs. Kho made false and malicious remarks against her in two television interviews, on May 25 and May 26, in which Mrs. Kho alleged that Halili taught Hayden how to use drugs.
Mrs. Kho made the accusations after the sex video scandal involving Hayden and several women, Halili included, broke out last month.
According to Halili, Mrs. Kho’s statements "were all calculated to induce the public into believing that the complainant is a drug user and a 'pusher' when said malicious assertions are false and unfounded," and that these were made to discredit her and destroy her reputation.
Despite the failure of Mrs. Kho and her legal counsel to attend the hearing, she would still be given the chance to submit her counter-affidavit on July 2, the scheduled next hearing on the case, Villordon said.
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Hayden Kho's mom no-show at libel preliminary investigation