Give Hayden A Chance! blog launched in support of celebrity doctor Hayden Kho

Here’s an excerpt from my CNET Asia blog post.

The blog Give Hayden A Chance! was launched today, apparently by a supporter of the controversial Dr Hayden Kho, who has been embroiled in a sex video scandal with Filipina actress Katrina Halili.

As the title of the blog states, the author is calling on people to give Kho a chance, even quoting the Bible by saying that only those who are without sin should cast the first stone.

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Give Hayden A Chance! blog launched in support of celebrity doctor Hayden Kho

Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, AT&T and the American Idol vote

Check out my latest CNET Asia blog post.

Here’s an excerpt.

In the Philippines, as elsewhere around the world, the shocking loss of Adam Lambert to Kris Allen in Season 8 of American Idol has created a lot of buzz online, with fans wondering about what is arguably the most stunning upset in Idol history.

Now, a New York Times article has come out saying that Idol sponsor AT&T, whose mobile network is the only one viewers can use to text their votes, might have swayed the results in favor of Allen.

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Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, AT&T and the American Idol vote

Katrina Halili-Hayden Kho sex video fallout: Greed, censorship and hypocrisy

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post.

Unfortunately, the Katrina Halili-Hayden Kho sex video scandal, which has launched thousands of pirated DVDs and generated even more online views, is still the talk of the town in the Philippines.

And with the twists and turns this sordid tale has taken, you might find yourself wondering if you’re watching a B-movie–not to make light, though, of the real-life pain that Halili is enduring. Oh yeah, and Kho apparently thinks he’s also a victim in all this.

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Katrina Halili-Hayden Kho sex video fallout: Greed, censorship and hypocrisy

Alec Baldwin apologizes on his blog for “Filipino mail-order bride” joke

Here’s an excerpt from my CNET Asia blog post.

OK, first off, I’m not a fan of Alec Baldwin who has just apologized to the Filipino nation via his blog on The Huffington Post for his “Filipino mail-order bride” comment when he guested on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Still, while I think Baldwin’s remark was stupid (then again, it was a joke), I also find it stupid for some Philippine government officials to blow this all out of proportion. I mean, we actually have action star-turned-senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. (yup, the same senator I blogged about in my post on the Katrina Halili-Hayden Kho sex video scandal) issuing a formal reaction that warns Baldwin of mayhem if he ever visits the Philippines. Not that Baldwin could, since our Bureau of Immigration has banned him from entering the country as an undesirable alien.

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Alec Baldwin apologizes on his blog for “Filipino mail-order bride” joke

Katrina Halili-Hayden Kho sex video: Filipino officials, bloggers weigh in on scandal

What do you think of the Katrina Halili media circus in the Philippine Senate?

Blogged about this issue for CNET Asia. Here’s an excerpt:

As you might expect, the Katrina Halili-Hayden Kho sex video scandal is one of the hottest topics on the Philippine blogosphere. After all, this latest video that has been leaked online involves one of the most popular Filipina sexy actresses and the beauty doctor/model Kho, who has seen his own share of the limelight as the former beau of the country’s most well-known cosmetic and dermatologic surgeon, Vicki Belo, whose clients include showbiz personalities, politicians and members of high society.

Not surprisingly, this sex scandal has also attracted the attention of Philippine legislators and government officials, with the Palace itself declaring it wants to “go hard” on Kho, according to Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, who said the videos “affect the morals of society”. Earlier, Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. (a former actor, by the way) demanded the revocation of Kho’s medical license in a privilege speech. The National Bureau of Investigation is now conducting a probe on Kho, who has been placed on the Bureau of Immigration watch list to prevent him from leaving the country. Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez has said Kho could be jailed for six years if found guilty. Amazing, isn’t it, how a “sexy issue” like this causes the Philippine Government to immediately spring into action? Unlike, say, issues such as the Philippine Book Blockade of 2009.

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Katrina Halili-Hayden Kho sex video: Filipino officials, bloggers weigh in on scandal