PEOPLE seem to have different reactions to the Hayden Kho-Katrina Halili show on video and at the Senate hearing. There are those who looked at Katrina as the one who asked for it. Some machos also described Hayden as one who should be envied for having sex with the likes of Katrina, Maricar and the Brazilian model Mariana (never mind the one with Vicki Belo because this did not sell) with videos to prove his conquests blow-by-blow.
Nonetheless, most had frowned on Hayden’s sex-and-video capers. He was obviously taking advantage of women who thought he loved them. He was only trying to make X-rated materials for his consumption and maybe his barkada. This is not acceptable behavior even during today’s permissive atmosphere. Hayden clearly crossed the line and he is making things worse by not saying sorry and instead blaming everybody for all to see during the Senate hearing.
Yes, Hayden could have gotten away with the capers though had not somebody thought the sex videos would be better off seen globally through the internet. But why blame the one who uploaded the videos, the female partners, and the senators along with members of media who denounced him. We all know he started it all. There would have been no issue at all had Hayden kept his escapades undocumented.
The past two weeks, many wanted to see the sex videos for themselves. It seems as if you’re not “in” if you have not seen these celebrated scenes that were secretly taken by Hayden himself. While many condemn the sex videos, we just could not help but take a look or keep copies. At least, Hayden stopped short of also blaming us for being curious enough to watch the videos and judge for ourselves.
For those with access to the internet, viewing the videos is free. However, the videos proved to be a smash hit that video pirates had taken advantage off. At P150 per DVD, the pirates are making a killing. At least national and local customs authorities, especially the national X-ray unit under Collector Des Mangaoang, are giving them headaches by intercepting shipments here and in Metro Manila. The biggest haul so far involved 12 vans containing replicating machines from Hong Kong that Collector Mangaoang, Commissioner Boy Morales, and Optical Media Board chairman Edu Manzano inspected when the customs X-ray unit celebrated its second anniversary last Tuesday.
Cebu Customs stakeholders are happy that national authorities addressing their complaint against House oversight personnel who thought they could also act as examiners of imported goods. Their services were dismissed last week.
Shortly after I left for Ilocos Norte to join a media tour on renewable energy the other Friday, my wife’s staff member sent a package here in Cebu addressed to me in Fort Ilocandia, Laoag, thinking it would be delivered in 24 hours. After all, the 2Go personnel said this was possible. It was also the promise in 2Go ads.
I however expected the package to arrive Sunday considering the number of flights from Manila to Laoag. I was disappointed though. We had to leave Ilocos for Manila Sunday evening but no package arrived.
After we learned the package arrived in Laoag only on Monday, we asked 2Go to send it back to Cebu. But when Wednesday came, no package reached Cebu. When I told 2Go that I wanted to speak to the manager, they said it is not their policy. Much later, I learned that the package was still in Laoag and would still be sent to Manila. I finally received it on Thursday afternoon or seven days after we contracted their 24-hour service.
The courier company 2Go has to get its act together to realize its 24-hour delivery promise or it might as well scrap its commercials if it cannot deliver or call its service snail mail. This it should do to avoid liability for false advertising.
While in Manila last week, I gathered that the Senate would most likely approve some bills creating new congressional districts. If this comes to pass, a bird told me it might translate to support for the Liberal Party of Sen. Noynoy Aquino and presidential candidate Sen. Mar Roxas? The local beneficiaries would likely be generous to the people who were able to convince Senator Aquino to allow this to happen. Let’s discuss the local impact, if ever this pushes through, next week.
Sun.Star Cebu column on June 1, 2009