Nicole’s allies say VFA compromises rape case

With the government still mum about the issue, supporters of Nicole expressed fear that her case will not prosper.Supporters blamed the RP-US Visiting Forces Agreement for the government’s snubbing of the landmark case, which involves four US Marines.

Walang mangyayari sa kaso dahil sa mga probisyon sa VFA (Nothing will happen to the case because of the provisions in the VFA),” Lina Ongkiko-Monsod, spokesperson of Gabriela Network of Professionals, said in a forum held today at the Claro M. Recto Hall at UP Diliman.

Gabriela is one of the members of Justice for Nicole Movement, a recently established alliance of sororities and women’s organizations that support Nicole.

Monsod said that since the Philippine government is in favor of the VFA provisions, it fetters itself from making comments on Nicole’s case.

Under the VFA, the Philippine courts are given only a year to try cases involving US servicemen and the US government takes custody of the offending officers.

Pag Pilipino ang nagkasala, kulong kaagad. Pag Amerikano, may VIP treatment pa (If the perpetrator is a Filipino, he is immediately jailed. But if it is an American, he gets a VIP treatment),” Monsod said.

Monsod added that she heard reports that while the trial of the case is ongoing, the four accused are allegedly enjoying their nightlife.

Another supporter warned that as with other cases of sexual assault involving US servicemen, Nicole’s case might just come to naught.

Joan Salvador, head of Gabriela Youth National, cited the plight of 82 women and 14 children whose cases were not even tried in court, and the perpetrators were able to go back to their respective countries.

She also recalled the case of a girl who died of infection after a US soldier allegedly raped her and left a vibrator inside her vagina.

She said that even if Nicole wins the case, the accused might still go unpunished if the US Embassy will not turn them over to the Philippine government.

Moreover, Salvador blamed the VFA for what happened to the 22-year-old complainant.

Di mangyayari ang rape kung walang mga Amerikanong sundalo. Walang mga Amerikanong sundalo kung walang VFA (The rape wouldn’t have happened had there been no American soldiers. American soldiers wouldn’t have been here if there was no VFA),” she said.

Salvador further said that as long as US soldiers are in the country, cases of sexual assault will continue.

During the open forum, the VFA was also seen as a factor why red districts flourish in Mindanao.

Carol Sobritchea, director of Center of Women’s Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman said that owing to their poor economic condition, women are forced to work as sex workers just to earn a living.

Anong magagawa nila? Tayo mismo, di natin pinoprotektahan ang ating mga mamamayan (What can they do? We, ourselves, are not able to protect our citizens),” Monsod seconded.

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6 Comments

  1. jenjen jimenez said,

    September 13, 2006 at 1:02 am

    I have been following up he nicole rape case.I am from olongapo and I what i know is different.Papano po ma rape si nicole kung lahat nag sundalong kano ay nakasakay sa starex van.Ang lalaki po nila.Saan humiga si nicole.Di kaya siya ang nasa ibabaw.At taga samboanga siya ano ang ginagawa niya sa subic.Lasing na lasing pa siya sabi niya.Kung siya ay matinong babe hindi siya naglasing at sumama sa mga iyan.Alam niyang mga mahihilig ang mga iyan e bakit pa ho siya sumama sa van.At nasaan ang kasama niyang pinsan niya.Bakit siya pinabayan.Ewan ko pero kami dito ay hindi naniniwala sa kanya.Baka hindi siya nabayaran at siya ay nahulog sa starex nang tinataas niya ang kanya pantalon.Isa pa ho bakit mukhang wala naman nasira sa kanya kasuotan kung iyan ay rape.Magaling siyang artista.iyan lang po.

  2. bryan said,

    November 10, 2006 at 9:06 pm

    korek ka jan jen!

  3. lory said,

    December 27, 2006 at 1:50 am

    Ang mga paratang ni Nicole at ang pagkakulong ni Daniel Smith ay hindi nakatulong sa pag-angat ng reputasyon ng mga filipina. Kung siya ay matino na babae, di siya dapat sumama ng kusa kahit lasing na lasing siya. Palagay ko kung hindi mga kano ang nasa van di siya sasama. Siguro dahil lasing na lasing siya tapos napangakuan pa, bumigay naman siya. Baka pinagdudulan lang lang niya ang sarili niya sa mga kano tapos di naman siya gusto. Ayon sour graping ang nangyari afterwards. Dapat mahiya siya di lahat ng pinoy ay maniniwala sa kanyang istorya. Nakakahiya siya. Isa pa, ng ma-announce ang pagkakulong ni Smith, di ko nagustuhan ang naging reaction ng lawyer ni Nicole na nagsisigaw sa harap ng camera…very unprofessional. Nakakahiya talaga!

  4. Andrea Cruz said,

    March 20, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    “Pag Pilipino ang nagkasala, kulong kaagad. Pag Amerikano, may VIP treatment pa (If the perpetrator is a Filipino, he is immediately jailed. But if it is an American, he gets a VIP treatment),” Monsod said.

    This is serious crap. Isa akong Pinay. And I think people are double standard. Pag may kababayan tayong OFW na PUMATAY sa ibang bansa, natural ikukulong siya. Pero, aba naman! Naghihimutok ang mga Pilipino! “Walang ginagawa ang gobyerno,” sigaw nila. Hindi daw dapat pumayag ang Pilipinas na mabitay ang Pilipinong mamamatay tao.

    Pag naman may dayuhan na gumawa ng krimen sa Pilipinas at tinulungan siya ng kanyang gobyerno, galit na galit din sila. WTF! Grow up, Pilipinas! Wag maging immature!

  5. Andrea Cruz said,

    March 20, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    “Di mangyayari ang rape kung walang mga Amerikanong sundalo. Walang mga Amerikanong sundalo kung walang VFA (The rape wouldn’t have happened had there been no American soldiers. American soldiers wouldn’t have been here if there was no VFA),” she said.

    Ganon? Pwes, hindi magkakaron ng mga kriminal kung hindi sila pinanganak ng nanay nila. Dapat ipagbawal ang pagbubuntis kasi posibleng kriminal ang ipapanganak nila! Ganun ba? Come on! Anong klaseng reasoning yan?

  6. ahra said,

    August 19, 2009 at 4:26 am

    wala sanang rape kun wala ang mga sundalo nah yan taz ung nicole nah parang xah tingin ku nag ccnungaling lng… dapat tau mga pinay wag padadala xah mga banyaga tas wag tau papansin. . . !
    sooori xah magagalit…..guxto ku lang kc ipalabas ung guxto ku sabihin


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