Saturday, December 09, 2006

Subic Bay rape.....

Being caught up in work issues I didn't get around to writing about the Subic rape case.

This story has been ongoing since last November at certain times in the last year the news has gone into a frenzy on the story. The verdict was given at the beginning of the week.

The overall feeling I got from the case was not that justice was being sought for 'Nicole', but that justice was being sought for years of American colonisation. The following quote sums up my general impression....

“The international community is watching the Philippines and is waiting on whether we would issue a verdict submissive to the whims of the world’s lone superpower or we would finally change course and stand up for the dignity of our many ‘Nicoles’ [the name by which the complainant is publicly known] who were stripped of their right to justice ever since we played the role of an over-friendly host to not so woman-friendly US military troops,” said lawyer Marlon J. Manuel, convenor of the Alternative Law Groups (ALG).

At one stage during the case the accused, Lance Corporal Daniel Smith,
said "I think it's horrible what I've been accused of. This place has taken a year off of my life that I can never get back.". Given that his sentence is somewhere between 20-40 years, he's possibly regretting that comment.

and two links for you...

For a good post on the Subic case, over to Torn and Frayed

Is it how women dress or present themselves that is what causes rape? Apparently not according to the Virgin Pornstar, and I agree with her.

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Blogger the jester-in-exile said...

"The overall feeling I got from the case was not that justice was being sought for 'Nicole', but that justice was being sought for years of American colonisation."

i'd like to think that this case was nicole's, but then again it can be a beacon of hope for 2000+ sexual assault cases perpetrated by us servicemen in the country that justice someday will be served.

11:23 pm  
Blogger the jester-in-exile said...

to be clear, i mean american servicemen (am not such a one).

11:24 pm  
Blogger Skippy-san said...


I was a US serviceman and you are completly off the mark here. Your comment is not only ill considered, it is in all probablitiy incorrect. Since you did not specifiy a time frame or quantify your data, perhaps you could do so now. There is no way there have been 2000 sexual assault cases in the PI involving American Soldiers or Sailors in the last few years. Absolutely not.

From what I have read there is a great deal that is suspect in Nicole's case. And at that, the American government has cooperated fully with the government of the Philippines- a government not exactly well renowned for its overall competence. Which probably has to something to do with why the Philippines has to export its citizens overseas where they get raped by NON Americans.

Don't slander me or any other veteran. I know how to behave overseas and so do 99.5% of my fellow citizens. For the remaining .5% -well they seem to have ways to deal with that.

Thank you for nothing. Show me the data!

3:36 pm  
Blogger the jester-in-exile said...

you might want to ask senator francis pangilinan:

on which he himself questioned the grounds for these cases' dismissals.

1:44 pm  
Anonymous Horatio said...

This is all erroneous what you're writing.
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