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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MANILA239 2007-01-19 09:29 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Manila
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UNCLAS MANILA 000239

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL MARR KCRM CASC RP
SUBJECT: MARINE CASE UPDATE 01/19/07

REF: MANILA 121 AND PREVIOUS

¶1. (U) Lance Corporal Daniel J. Smith, back in U.S. custody
on Chancery grounds since December 29, continues to be in
good health and spirits. He continues to receive visits
regularly from his Philippine pastors and his lawyers.

¶2. (U) Approximately 80 anti-VFA protesters calling
themselves the “League of Filipino Students” demonstrated in
front of the U.S. Embassy January 17. Because the
demonstrators lacked a permit, the police moved them to a
nearby park, resulting in a scuffle. Several people were
reportedly injured, but none severely.

¶3. (U) Media coverage of the case has significantly
decreased but some national TV and press stories or
commentary continue to appear daily.

¶4. (U) Pursuant to the Private Prosecutor’s petition to the
Supreme Court that it nullify the Philippine government’s
transfer of Smith to U.S. custody and declare Article V
paragraph 6 of the VFA “unconstitutional,” the Supreme Court
ordered the President’s office January 16 to respond within
10 days to the Private Prosecutor’s petition.

¶5. (U) In a separate legal proceeding, the Court of Appeals
ordered Smith’s attorneys January 18 to respond within 10
days to the Private Prosecutor’s petition that the Court
issue a warrant for Smith’s arrest and dismiss Smith’s appeal
of the rape conviction.

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