Tuesday, May 26, 2009
PDEA subpoenas Halili and Kho
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) today issued subpoena for actress Katrina Halili and celebrity doctor Hayden Kho who recently figured in a sex video scandal.
The alleged involvement of illegal drugs in the highly controversial sex video prompted PDEA director general, senior undersecretary Dionisio Santiago to order an immediate investigation.
“We have already issued the subpoena for Katina, Hayden and his mother to pay us a visit on May 29, 2009, to shed light on the allegation (of illegal drug use),” announced Sr. Usec. Santiago. “The investigation will start with the mother who claimed on television that her son gets illegal drugs from Katrina who, in turn, gets the supply from a certain Omar.”
The PDEA chief revealed that the agency has been receiving reports of illegal drugs circulating in the entertainment business citing the need to boost stamina during irregular hours of work as the primary excuse for drug use. He added that he had long ago expressed and communicated his concern regarding this to some well-regarded icons in the industry.
“We have been waiting for the perfect moment to validate this information. This incident provided us with the opportunity to finally step in and probe the extent of illegal drug use in show business,” the director general said.
Earlier this week, Atty. Raymond Palad, counsel for Halili, had already coordinated with PDEA. He conveyed that his client had signified willingness to cooperate with PDEA on the matter. Atty. Palad also said he will be presenting his client to the agency on Friday.
“Our investigation would not stop with Katrina or Hayden. We want to get to the source who supplies them with illegal drugs. We expect to uncover the trails. We will get to the bottom of this,” the PDEA Chief guaranteed.