PRC clarifies questions on Hayden Kho’s reinstatement as medical doctor

Alexa Villano
PRC clarifies questions on Hayden Kho’s reinstatement as medical doctor
A rep for the Board of Medicine under the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) answers questions about the timing behind Hayden's return to the medical field

MANILA, Philippines – The Board of Medicine under the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)  explained why they decided to reinstate Hayden Kho as medical doctor, following his suspension due to a sex video scandal that occurred back in 2009. 

In an interview with The Buzz on Sunday, July 13, Dr. Miguel Noche Jr., head of the Board of Medicine, said the timing was just right to give back the license since the two year waiting period had expired.

Bakit namin sinauli? Number one, nag-surrender siya ng kanyang license sa amin nung September 2011. Ang aming batas, kapag revoked ang license, pwede ka mag-apply after two years. Sinusunod namin ang aming Medical Act of 1959 or RA 2382. Sabi doon, pagkatapos ng dalawang taon, ang Board of Medicine pwedeng maibalik ang lisensya ng isang doktor na binawian ng lisensya kung nag-behave siya nang mabuti sa community at hindi siya nahabla ng immorality,” Noche said.

(Why did we give it back? Number one, he surrendered his license last September 2011. In our law, when the license is revoked, one can apply after two years. We are following the Medical Act of 1959 or RA 2382 that says after two years, the Board of Medicine can return the license of a doctor whose license was confiscated if he/she behaved well within the community and has not been charged for immorality.)

Noche said that in Kho’s case, they decided to return the license because they counted from 2011.

Ang aming bilang is the time na sinurrender mo [ang license]. Nung nagsauli siya, September 2011. Kung bibilangin mo yun, more than two years. Satisfied ang aming Medical Act.”

(Our count is the time that the license was surrendered. when he surrendered his license, September 2011. if you count that, that’s more than two years. It satisfied our Medical Act.)

In the same interview, Kho’s lawyer Lorna Kapunan said that Kho is happy with the decision and that he will issue a statement once he returns from London, where he is currently studying a course on Theology.

Kapunan also clarified that it was not true that the process was completed in an abnormally short amount of time.

“In fact, matagal nang konti. Hindi naman matagal but final ‘yung proseso ng PRC,” she said.

(In fact, it did take some time. It was not that slow but the process of the PRC is final.)

When reports surfaced that Kho was reinstated as medical doctor, the camp of actress Katrina Halili questioned the decision. In an interview with Pep, Halili’s lawyer, Raymond Palad, said that the decision was premature, saying that the two year waiting period had not lapsed.

According to Palad, the Court of Appeals only affirmed the decision of the PRC to revoke Hayden’s license last July 26, 2012.

“The 2-year waiting period for filing a petition to reinstate license will expire July 26, 2014 However, December 2013 pa lang nag file na [ng petition to reinstate license] and was decided by PRC on July 7, 2014.”

(However, on December 2013, they already filed [a petition to reinstate license] and was decided by PRC on July 7, 2014.)

“The waiting period has yet to expire,” he said.

In the same report, Palad said they will file a motion for reconsideration to the PRC.

In 2009, Kho became embroiled in a scandal when a sex video of him and Halili emerged online. The issue led to the revoking of his medical license by the PRC, due to immoral and unethical conduct for recording his intimate moments with women without their permission.

After the loss of his medical license, Kho became active in the entertainment industry, established a perfume line, and became active as a Christian speaker. – Rappler.com 

 

 

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Alexa Villano

Alexa is one of Rappler's Lifestyle and Entertainment reporters, covering local entertainment news to a wide range of topics from beauty pageants to reality shows.