Task Force Subic Rape hails Prosecutor Hazel Valdez for speaking out on the cancellation of the rebuttal

Press Release
October 6, 2006

The Task Force Subic Rape commends Prosecutor Valdez’ for her courage to speak about her displeasure over the events that led to the arbitrary cancellation the rebuttal which abruptly ended the trial of US servicemen for the rape of Nicole.

Said Yuen Abana, TFSR Co-Coordinator: “This is a moral victory for Nicole , all other victims of rape and her growing number of supporters. Prosecutor Valdez’ act of crossing the line speaks for her integrity and conscience.” She said this amidst joyful cheers of TFSR members while watching the television interview.

On October 5, 2006 Task Force Subic Rape members watched State Prosecutor Hazel Valdez appear on ANC TV. She spoke about her reservations on the cancellation of the rebuttal by the prosecution on the evidence of the defense. Naval Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) agents Guy Papageorge and Tony Ramos were scheduled to appear on October 5 and 6 to rebut the testimonies of Smith and Carpentier that they were misquoted in the NCIS report. Said report that had results of interrogation of the accused right after the incident stands as strong evidence that rape and not consensual sex transpired.

According to Valdez she was being accused by de los Santos of colluding with the private prosecutor of Nicole, Atty. Evalyn Ursua. That was after she was given the task by de los Santos to talk to Ursua about Nicole’s appearance in the rebuttal to which they were open. She proceeded with the orders and hasn’t gotten back yet to de los Santos on Nicole’s response when she realized that the rebuttal was already cancelled without her knowledge and without consulting her on this major decision. When asked how she will face her superiors on this, she said she bears the consequence of her revelations.

TFSR members have attended the hearings and have witnessed how Prosecutor Valdez’ stood out as a contentious and hard working prosecutor. They knew from the start that Nicole and her family’s loss of trust and confidence on the prosecution panel did not at all include her. It was Senior Prosecutor Emilie de los Santos who as the head of the panel of state prosecutors made the decisions for the panel.

TFSR is a women-led coalition of 17 organizations committed to the realization of justice for Nicole and justice for our nation.

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49 Comments

  1. Alitaptap said,

    October 9, 2006 at 5:36 pm

    Since DoJ Secretary Raul Gonzalez has given the chance for Nicole’s private lawyer, Evalyn Ursua, that she could reopen the case, after the State Prosecutor’s team waived the rebuttal for hearing the witness stand of the NCIS agents, I would like to see Atty. Ursua to request the reopening the case. However, instead of calling back the NCIS agents, what I want to see is to call Timeoteo Soriano, Jr., the driver of the Starex van. I know that he is fighting for his right against self-incrimination, but since he has been given a reprieve by Judge Benjamin Pozon from being reinstated as the fifth accused, and for the purpose of getting the truth out of this case, is it not possible to call Timoteo Soriano to tell us what he witnessed on the last hour of November 1st, 2006? Can he not be granted the immunity from being prosecuted provided he tells us what really happened on that night of November 1st? In my opinion, Timoteo Soriano can served as an independent key witness that might be able to reveal if there are any incosistencies about the statement made by the 4 US Marines.

  2. Alitaptap said,

    October 9, 2006 at 5:41 pm

    Correction: Please correct the date of November 1st , 2006 as I have mentioned in my comment earlier to November 1st, 2005 .

  3. anonymous2 said,

    October 10, 2006 at 10:58 am

    kudos for atty. hazel valdez!

    she had proven her being true to her duties and responsibilities! to protect the filipino poeple! i HOPE that more lawyers will be true to their oaths to the people.


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  4. Schumey said,

    October 10, 2006 at 11:34 pm

    After berating Nicole and issuing derogatory statements against her person, de los Santos had the temerity to still handle the case. This case reeks of sell-out. A person with high ethical standards will immediately resign from the case when confronted with a loss of confidence by the client. In other words, wala siyang delicadeza.

  5. cesar said,

    October 12, 2006 at 9:03 am

    although I believe Atty. Hazel’s speaking out on her displeasure on the cancellation of the rebuttal is highly commendable, what would really be great is if she can confirm knowledge about the deal offered by Prosecutor de los Santos to Nicole. If she was not trusted enough by the other prosecutors with information that can confirm this, even saying that as a fact or even as an impression in dealing and strategizing with them, would be a more important revelation…

  6. melba said,

    October 13, 2006 at 3:11 am

    At least now, Atty. Hazel Valdez can understand and empathize how “Nicole” and her supporters felt when they felt they were abused by Delos Santos.

  7. Renato Jose B. Rosales said,

    October 13, 2006 at 4:55 pm

    Thank you Atty. Valdez.Your one of the rare lawyers who will have a place in Heaven for being compassionate and standing up for the truth and what is right.I salute you Mam for your honor and integrity!As for the others!Nakakadiri at nakakahiya kayo!!!Above all, that disgusting “fat, Pig-faced” chief persecutor of Nicole, whatever her shameful name is!Ang kapal ng mukha at apog mo taba!The nerve of this typical voracious lawyer, pig-faced “chief persecutor” issuing media statements about Nicoles’ case.God forgive me for saying this, “I hope you choke to death in whatever your stuffing your fat,pig-face!”You will pay big time taba for your works,” just like your old siRaulo boss, and his likewise fake boss!God bless you Ms. Nicole, Atty. Valdez.God bless and save our country.

  8. flef said,

    October 16, 2006 at 7:33 pm

    Alitaptap: Timoteo Soriano cannot testify because of the pending certiorari filed with the appellate court (to include him as principal accused). Until they resolve that petition, his lawyers will always invoke his right against self-incrimination. And even if we get him as hostile witness, what good will that do to us? He has recanted his first sworn statement and has accused the Subic investigators of mauling him to make such statement. He has obviously sided with the accused. Besides, both the prosecution and defense have rested. So the question is kind of moot. His testimony, I think, can be replaced with circumstantial evidence.

  9. Alitaptap said,

    October 17, 2006 at 5:29 pm

    Flef, I thank you for the info about the filing of petition for writ of certiorari made by Timoteo Soriano. I think this is an action that speaks louder than what the public want to hear from him, assuming he will tell us the truth. What I am trying to say here is if the statement made by the 4 accused is true that nothing unusually wrong happened on that night of November 1st, 2005, why would Timoteo Soriano hired his own private lawyer to protect himself from being self-incriminated? What is there that would self-incriminate him if everything that happened on that night is normal? More seriously, why would his private attorney filed a petition for writ of certiorari? I guess this is a very important circumstantial evidence that would replace his testimony.

  10. sayuri said,

    October 26, 2006 at 2:21 am

    I was reading all the articles written about this case, especially about Nicole being too drunk to give consent to sex. If indeed she was too drunk because she did not eat prior to her drinking spree, yes she would not be 100% alert but her subconscious mind would allow her do or say what she wants, like have sex with a man. If what is reported is true that she was too drunk THEN all of a sudden becomes alert in a span of an hour or two and realizes that a man was on top of her, that is not likely to happen. When a person did not have anything to eat prior to a drinking spree, he/she would feel nauseous and sometimes vomit. Afterwards, he/she would just want to sleep. Maybe have sex first then sleep.

    Nicole was not raped. She was just not satisfied because the sex lasted only 5 minutes and Smith did not even ejaculate. It was a blow to her ego when Smith did not ejaculate, in the presence of his comrades. And this “very close friend” of Nicole’s, Bamberger, is only jealous that Nicole had an “orgy” with some US Marines.

  11. TK said,

    October 26, 2006 at 3:33 pm

    uhh…did you say 5 minutes?

    thanks for the info, ma’am. now we know that MOST Filipino Men have something to be proud of then…

  12. TK said,

    October 26, 2006 at 3:34 pm

    kahit hindi kami gwapo, buti nalang hindi kami katulad ni Smith.

  13. melba said,

    October 26, 2006 at 9:55 pm

    Sayuri, you are watching too much tv.

  14. sayuri said,

    October 27, 2006 at 1:39 am

    On the contrary Melba, I don’t watch TV. I don’t have cable and I don’t even have a TV antenna for local channels. For about two years now. The bases for my comment are the hearings.

  15. sayuri said,

    October 27, 2006 at 1:41 am

    And the drinking comment is based on experience (mine and several friends’)

  16. Alitaptap said,

    October 27, 2006 at 12:40 pm

    Sayuri: Hey dude! Nicole is inexperienced in drinking alcoholic drinks, therefore, all your bad comments about her are invalid. Speaking from the point of view of inexperienced in alcoholic drink, which is based on my own personal experienced, I blacked out few minutes only after drinking just one glass of beer. I fell down on the restroom floor and it seems I didn’t have a control on myself but to lie down even if the restroom floor is unsanitary. So if you based your comment on experience drinker, all your comments do not apply to Nicole.

  17. melba said,

    October 27, 2006 at 12:47 pm

    really? you’ve been attending the hearings pala.

  18. melba said,

    October 27, 2006 at 10:19 pm

    the analysis is rather narrow kasi.

  19. Renato Jose B. Rosales said,

    October 28, 2006 at 4:15 pm

    Sayuri,I hope you don’t get raped or any of your love ones anytime soon.It’s been a history of American soldiers stationed here to be arrogant and abusive, and even rape women in our country.No one,even if they are prostitutes should be raped.Christ is the defender of fallen women,remember that.So,don’t judge Nicole coz you’ll answer to Christ,Nicoles’ Avenger.Be careful what you say to her.

  20. Michael Dalid said,

    October 30, 2006 at 7:44 am

    In my opinion, Nicole is just a stupid, two-timing, conceited, spoiled brat who wanted to get even with the american for not givig her what she wanted which was an orgasm.

    Its quite obvious that people here already have a fixed idea on what supposedly transpired on that day, “As if they were really there in the first place”. haha

  21. Michael Dalid said,

    October 30, 2006 at 8:14 am

    To Renato

    I’ll answer for sayuri since i don’t think she’s reading this right now….

    I wonder how you would feel if somebody you had a consentual one night stand with, suddenly accused you of rape the next day. And although you know it wasn’t rape, you couldn’t do anything because everybody was shouting rape although they weren’t there when this alleged thing happened. And somebody, like melba here , suddenly run a “Justice for the victim Campaign” against you, and you got convicted because of it. Well, hopefully i won’t have to wonder, I’ll just wish that this will happen to you in the future, so you will feel and you will know. There’s such a thing as karma in this world you know jose.

  22. CrossFire said,

    October 30, 2006 at 11:57 pm

    Michael, as if you were there that you can say for a fact that it was a consensual sex. How did you know it was consensual sex? Were you there that you witnessed what happened? Or just because the 4 US Marines said so, with no witness to back up what they were saying? At least Nicole’s claim that she was raped can be pieced together with circumstantial evidences as presented by several witnesses.

  23. melba said,

    October 31, 2006 at 12:05 am

    To Michael Dalid:

    It was as if you were there too. And you’re theory that the victim fought hard just because she did not reach orgasm is purely preposterous! Only a man who never respects a woman would think such thing!

    With men who thinks the way you do, it is no longer surprising to believe that every woman on earth can and might actually fall prey to beastly acts of perversion and crime.

    I don’t know if you truly understand karma, but if you do may the force be with you. hahaha

    there is no need to wish it for me, darling, like a number of women I’ve been through hell and back and so just consider this support as sheer empathy for Nicole, admiration for her strength and abhorrence to the perpetrators of the crime.

    And I hope someday you will truly understand the reality of rape, so you may know.

  24. Michael Dalid said,

    October 31, 2006 at 5:37 am

    Really Melba? Empathy you say? haha, I throw what you’re saying at me back at you, as if you were there too. And for crossfire who thinks he’s the judge of the case , just wait for the verdict ok? Innocent until proven guilty , yet in your eyes, even before this case started, you already had your convictions. It is because of people like you that this Great Country of ours has remained backward and the way it is. Sigh, I never even heard any of you complained when the Abu Sayaff or MILF raped innocent women who weren’t even drunk in Mindanao so many times…. gusto nyo lang sumikat eh… shame on you…..

  25. EMILY said,

    October 31, 2006 at 3:49 pm

    Hooray for Michael Dalid! Im pretty sure that Melbas organization receieved a lot of contribution and money from people who believes in their wonderful blogs. I just hope that she use those money that she collected for Nicoles need. By the way, whats the latest, huh, Melba? Hows Nicoles US Marine boyfriend? Still together? I dont think so! Why you are so very mad to those accused which is americans, even Nicoles boyfriend is American too. Just wondering!

  26. melba said,

    November 1, 2006 at 7:49 am

    Wooh! just to correct your erroneous assumption. I am supportive of the cause but not directly associated with the Organization. I wish I were present in the all events when Nicole needed support. I wouldn’t have minded shelling out from my own pocket if only I had more than what I need at this time. Blogging and discussing about it is the least I can do.

    Another ridiculous misconception, I am not mad at the Americans. I am however, supportive of “Nicole” and condemns all acts of violence committed against women and men by anyone for that matter. It so happened, that the accused are americans.

    Thanks for reading anyway.

  27. November 1, 2006 at 1:52 pm

    melba is not affiliated with this blog, although we appreciate her support. the bureau also does not collect nor keep funds for nicole.

  28. TK said,

    November 2, 2006 at 4:45 am

    How do you survive without a legal fund? Have you tried asking one from US-based National Organization of Women?

  29. November 2, 2006 at 5:44 am

    […] It was a difficult fight for Nicole. Instead of defending Nicole, the Department of (In)Justice, from the very start, lawyered for the American soldiers. First, Raul Gonzalez downgraded the charges against three of the accused US Marines from principal to accessory. Then, the government prosecutors reportedly convinced Nicole’s mother to just agree to a settlement with the suspects. And when Nicole asked that the government prosecutors be replaced, Gonzalez denied her request. The same prosecutors, despite the opposition of Atty. Hazel Valdez, decided to cancel the scheduled prosecution’s rebuttal. Last we heard, Valdez has been removed from the panel. […]

  30. Michael Dalid said,

    November 2, 2006 at 9:36 am

    Hogwash…

  31. sayuri said,

    November 2, 2006 at 9:49 am

    To Alitaptap: I’ve experienced being a beginner drinker (and faced with sexual dilemma during that time.) To tell you the truth, it is impossible not to have consent of what one is doing. Yes, he/she may be drunk but the subconscious mind is powerful. I stand by my comment because i’ve experienced having sex/one night stand during a drinking gimmick. I regretted it in the morning but still, i took responsibility of my actions. Nicole was flirting with the americans while drinking… of course sex was on her mind!

    To Mike Dalid: I agree with you (regarding your comment to Renato on my behalf). That’s what I would have commented, putting himself in the prosecuted’s shoes.

    And to Renato, didn’t you take Logic in college?!? The implication of your comment, “It’s been a history of American soldiers stationed here to be arrogant and abusive, and even rape women in our country.” is not logical and valid. Just because there’s a history of something, it doesn’t follow that it is the truth for everybody (in this case, American soldiers). It”s like saying if your brother was convicted of rape in the past, that makes all of you in the family a rapist as well…

  32. Michael Dalid said,

    November 2, 2006 at 9:49 am

    They probably collected thousands from poor, unsuspecting, and gullible people like Melba, assuming that melba is not one of them, but that’s highly unlikely. Its more like melba here is actually running this show. Collecting bigbucks and getting rich in the process……. haha

  33. sayuri said,

    November 2, 2006 at 9:52 am

    Just wondering… what would this organization do with the financial contributions?

  34. Melba said,

    November 2, 2006 at 1:43 pm

    Ngek!! Whatever caused you those delusions Michael. Nakakahiya tuloy sa task force. You’re barking at a wrong tree. I wonder why you are so affected by my comments. Relax, your neurotransmitters might get the better of you.

    Get your focus back. This discussion is all about “Nicole” and her fight for Justice.

  35. EMILY said,

    November 2, 2006 at 2:34 pm

    To MELBA;
    Whatever! There are some topics here that you cant deny that this organization is collecting and receiving fund from people. Thats why some people is wondering where financial contribution goes? Sounds like Nicole is not sufficient to prove his accusations. She just say it that shes rape. But she cant prove it. She said she is drunk, when its happen, i think its normal to people who get drunk that they feel like they want sex just like nicole. Her first move is dirty dancing. I think she know what she is doing even if she s drunk. The reality is shes looking for a sex. Thats it!

  36. Michael Dalid said,

    November 3, 2006 at 3:41 am

    “Multiple orgasms” would be the appropriate term….

    To sayuri can I have your email address? hehe….. Puede ba kita mainvite to go out sometime? How old are you by the way?? ^___^

  37. Zion said,

    November 3, 2006 at 5:12 am

    Oo nga, san kaya napupunta yung pera na nakukuha sa fundraising nila??? Hmmm……

  38. sayuri said,

    November 3, 2006 at 7:36 am

    True that, Emily! The fact that Nicole, or any girl for that mater, was having a drinking spree and flirting with Smith and company , she definitley has sex in her mind.

    To Michael, thanks for showing interest but I am happily engaged to be married. =)

  39. melba said,

    November 4, 2006 at 1:54 am

    Hindi nga kayo nagbabasa. Never mind.

  40. Renato Jose B. Rosales said,

    November 5, 2006 at 4:16 pm

    Anyway, we all live and die with the choices we make!I’ve made mine, and my choice is, “Justice for Nicole!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

  41. Christine said,

    November 6, 2006 at 6:47 am

    And my choice is justice for what it is… Be it the aquittal or conviction of the marines… If the marines get aquitted, i would certainly petition people to go after nicole for the lies and deception she has perpetuated. I stand for justice nothing less and nothing more………

  42. EMILY said,

    November 6, 2006 at 2:07 pm

    If ever, Acquit or conviction, its not right to gathered people for petitioning Nicole. Let her go, and i wish her goodluck to her life that she ruined herself. And to her Supporters,pls dont leave her, kawawa naman, dun nya lalong kailangang ang tulong nyo. But, im sure, the trust is not like the same. I feel Sorry for you Nicole! by the way, life goes on.

  43. bryan said,

    November 6, 2006 at 10:06 pm

    zion are you asking where all the money goes?of course in their savings!their canteen is fuller than before!and her younger sister didnt stop in fact studied in a private school!!!

  44. Sarje said,

    November 8, 2006 at 2:40 am

    Well mas ok yan keysa mapupunta sa mga leftist na grupo na sumosuporta sa sa kanya…. Bala at baril para sa mga rebeldeng npa and bibilhin ng mga yan….

  45. bryan said,

    November 8, 2006 at 4:03 pm

    ah ganun mas ok pa yung mang akusa ka ng tao ng rape kahit nakig sex ka naman tlaga!?para lng makapag aral ang kapatid mo sa private skul?or maging puno ung canteena nyo at maging sikat? anong klaseng pag iisip meron ka sarje?why dont u think again about whaT UV SAID?

  46. bryan said,

    November 8, 2006 at 8:55 pm

    yooooooohooooooooo yeah michael yeah emily!u guys are so fucking amazing i like u guys think!not like alll this pretenders who acts as if they know a lot this person.well guess what i know this family and especially this girl i know every dirt they have including the mom i know all the little single things this bitch is been doing!and dont try to pissed me off or ul regret more than u regret being a star of this crap uv started.i would love to put every detail and every little information to drag u down but i am just holding on.anyway il just wait..i know someday i could spit in ur face and ur mother and all ur families face!PWEH!and u hoe melba dont even try to comment on me or ul regret it!if i were u,u wont say something that will piss me off or i will let the whole damn world know who really nicole is from head to foot from skin to bones!aight?!?!so chill out lil mama…

  47. bryan said,

    November 10, 2006 at 2:36 pm

    well yeah just be curious!cause there is always someone who knows ur doings! haha

  48. ymarsakar said,

    December 5, 2006 at 5:45 am

    The nation in question would have gotten better justice by asking and demanding that the US Marine Corps hold a court martial for the 4 accused. The fact that somehow the Status of Forces agreement or some other political deal said that US Marines would be tried in Philipino justice system, will result in corruption all the time, every time. I don’t know who or how or why people wanted the US Marines to be tried in the Philipino justice system. There’s no justice there, as I believe, is apparent.

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