Hayden Kho and other men – who by virtue of their professions and circle of friends can freely bed the women they toy around while the hidden cameras are rolling – are reincarnates of the 16th century Spanish oppressors who take in many women as sex slaves in their ships. Warped in time, there is no difference at all between an American-Chinese sounding name and the Spanish apellidos except that present-day Philippines has laws to protect the women, or so they say.
But while it is a no-no for the present-day journalists to have dangling conjunctions; men like them during past and present times can freely strut around the dangling flesh in between their legs – with or without cameras.
Women like Katrina Halili and others are forced to step out in the open not only because they are recognizable in the camera or that they would like to save their face but would like to take the cudgels for other women and finally put a stop to this never-ending greed expressed in the flesh. May her tribe increase.
Everybody has been feasting on the sex video much like our Spanish oppressors’ feasting on the sex slaves. Selling women slaves had been profitable because it had a double purpose at that time. Fray San Pedro in his letter to King Felipe III in 1609 revealed women are made to labor for the ship sailors and at the same time act as sex slaves while on board the Spanish ships. He even urged the Majesty to issue a Royal Decree to stop the trade as this is “evil” and may “destroy” Spain in the future.
That was exactly 400 years ago. Today, nothing has changed except for the names, faces and the way women are exploited. It is no longer in the restricted colonial ports but has gone beyond the open portal of the web that has a universe of its own going out of control.
What Kho and Halili (whether the video recording is known or unknown to her) did not realize after that sexual tryst – which Kho described as “fun” – is its permanent recording in the pages of social history that can no longer be erased in the cultural memory not only of today’s generations but of the many more generations to come.
We may forgive but we never forget.
Halili and other women are trophies for Kho; the women sex slaves were symbols of the foreign oppressors’ subjugation of a land and everything on it, including women’s bodies, among others.
There have been many women who were victimized in the past. Let this experience be an eye opener for us in the present: Greed for sex, wealth, power and fame are always recorded in the leaves of written history or passed on from one collective memory to another in oral history. Nothing or nobody escapes it.