Although it won’t be coming from me.
It’s hard to generate any sympathy for a jerk who has been gifted with so much, in the looks (obviously, as those he bedded are as comely as they come) and brains (he’s an M.D. after all) department, yet has thrown it all away for a few destructive and less-than-cheap thrills. Dr. Kho is proof that moral depravity and plain dumb-ass (those who have seen the videos know that I mean this literally) imbecility cuts across professional boundaries. Somehow this makes us lawyers feel better.
Depraved. Criminal. Swinish (“sobrang binaboy” or “excessive piggery”, as Ms. Katrina Halili so aptly puts it). There won’t be any shortage of adjectives to describe Kho’s actions. Yet it’s undeniable that Kho is sick and needs professional help from his peers. He has displayed the classic symptoms of sex addiction, and his life has become unmanageable. This shouldn’t keep him from answering for his misdeeds in the courts, before those who regulate his profession and a rightfully irate public. But before he’s strung up high on the nearest tree, he should at least be made well enough to understand the gravity of his acts. For that, there ought to be some form of intervention from those who may still care for him.
Furthermore, those leading the mob may not themselves have clean hands, as Senator Bong Revilla would be the first to admit. I suspect that the outrage exhibited by most of the men who have so righteously condemned Kho stems from the shock of self-recognition. There, but for the grace of God go (or more accurately, come) I.
And if we were to take Secretary Eduardo Ermita up on his statement that “anything that is offensive to public morals must be sanctioned” , then I suspect an overwhelming majority of our good and esteemed public officials would be in the same shoes as Kho. This is clearly, as my friend Alvin would say, a case of the anaconda calling the cobra a snake.
Neither are those groups who supposedly champion the victims’ cause themselves blameless. Gabriela, for instance, with its penchant for hitching its broad (pun intended) political agenda to any passing mare, has diluted its credibility by its shrill and simple-minded presentation of most issues. With the unfortunate result that it has been less than effective in advancing the interests of its constituents, as shown by the Subic rape case.
It’s easy to feel contempt for a pig like Kho. But in our haste to cast the first stone, we may be revealing more about ourselves than we care to admit.