IN SOLIDARITY WITH NICOLE’S FIGHT FOR JUSTICE, THE FILIPINO’S QUEST
We give our wholehearted support for the quest for justice of Nicole who is but one of the unfortunate victims of the U.S. military’s heinous crimes that have been committed against the Filipino people and national dignity. We can only admire the steadfastness of Nicole and her family in standing up to the arrogant superpower of the world and standing up against the collaboration of the modern MAKAPILIS in our government who have treacherously tried to sabotage Nicole’s quest for justice.
From the very beginning, the trial of the Subic Rape Case was a disadvantage to the victim because of the provisions of the Visiting Forces Agreement(VFA) which have given special treatment to the accused U.S. military respondents. The full weight and resources of the U.S. government were mobilized to hire expensive lawyers from the country’s top lawfirms to litigate the case in defense of the U.S. military respondents. But worse than this, was the mediocre performance of government prosecutors appointed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Raul Gonzales who in his public statements had from the very beginning, prejudged the case in favor of the American military respondents.
The Subic Rape Case only underscores why the Visiting Forces Agreement should be abrogated. We should expose the manipulations of the DOJ in mishandling this case, as we can only now hope that our judicial processes can still work in favor of Nicole and the national dignity that his case now represents and has come to symbolize.
Dec. 1, 2006
* Article by Roland G Simbulan – For a full professional background of Professor Roland G. Simbulan (Click Here)