Comments disabled

 [edited 11/18/06: We are allowing comments again, but subject to moderation. You may still express opposing views but must (1) not use degrading language, and (2) respect fellow commenters, especially those who do not agree with you.]

As much as we wanted to provide democratic space in this blog, we are forced to take this measure to protect Nicole. We may even have to shut down this blog if some of you persist in dumping garbage in it.

We have observed that most of the comments in this blog are coming from only one person who has been using different names. We know because we have the IP addresses, internet service providers, and location of everyone who writes a comment.

Why anyone would deliberately assume different identities and spend an inordinate amount of time commmenting on this blog is beyond us. But we have our suspicions.

The comments have been toxic, full of hate, mischief and black propaganda. But we allowed them because we wanted to know what the public has to say about the case. But they have gone to the extent of revealing and spreading the true identity of the rape victim, which is an intolerable violation of the good intentions on which this blog was built.

While some bloggers may have opposing views and may not support Nicole, nobody has the right to destroy her. Nobody has the right to violate anyone’s privacy.

We never imagined that any person could be so inhuman.

But before we disappear from cyberspace, allow us to answer some of the points raised:  

  1. We have not received a single centavo to keep this blog going. We only disseminate the information that Nicole’s supporters want published. 

  2. You ask why of all the rape victims, why do we support only Nicole. The groups supporting Nicole have been supporting rape victims for a long time. You just didn’t hear of them. Nicole was simply one of the most prominent rape victims and her case got extensive media coverage.

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Birthday, Nicole!

 

 

Toxicologists say Nicole was intoxicated the night she was allegedly raped

A team of seven toxicologists who examined Nicole’s case concluded that her alcohol intake on the night she was allegedly raped was more than enough to impair her cognitive and physical faculties and thus render her incapable of sensing or fighting off danger.

The toxicologists calculated Nicole’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) based on the alcoholic contents of the beverages she drank, factoring in her metabolism and the time of the intake. The table below shows Nicole’s estimated BAC levels from evening of Nov. 1, 2005 to dawn of Nov. 2, 2005.

Alcoholic drink

Estimated Time

Amount of alcohol ingested (mL)

Estimated BAC (mg/dL)

Vodka Sprite

8:30 pm (Nov 1)

48.0

128.0

B52

9:00 pm

10.0

142.2

B53

9:30 pm

10.0

 156.4

Singaporean sling

10:00 pm

43.2

259.1


Long Island Iced Tea

10:30 pm

19.06

297.4

Bullfrog

11:00 pm

60.0

444.9

 

11:30 pm

0

432.4

 

12:00 mn

0

419.9

 

12:30 am (Nov 2)

0

407.4

 

1:00

0

394.9

 

1:30

0

382.4

 

2:00

0

369.9

 

3:00

0

344.9

The team found out that Nicole’s BAC peaked between 11:00 p.m.of November 1 to 12:30 a.m. of November 2, around which time she was seen by Neptune Club security guard Gerald Muyot being taken out of the bar unconscious by accused Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith, and around which time the alleged rape occurred.

The toxicologists also found a positive correlation between her BAC levels and her behavioral manifestations as reported by witnesses.

Tomas Corpuz, another security guard at Neptune, had seen her walking “pasuray-suray” and “paikot-ikot” in the bar at 11:15 p.m. of November 1. After she was found at Alava Pier at 12:15 a.m. of November 2, Subic Bay Freeport bike patrolman Noel Paule reported seeing her crying and “parang lantang gulay.”

The testimonies of Corpuz and Paule on Nicole’s behavioral manifestations were consistent with the toxicologists’ calculations of her BAC. The table below shows the relationship between different BAC levels and their effect on the human body.

BAC (mg/dL)

Effect

20-30

Mood elevation, slight muscle relaxation

50-60

Relaxation and warmth. Increased reaction time. Decreased fine muscle coordination

80-90

Impaired balance, speech, vision, hearing, muscle coordination, euphoria

140-150

Gross impairment of physical and mental control

200-300

Severely intoxicated. Very little control of mind or body

400-500

Unconscious. Deep coma. Death from respiratory depression

Source: Alcohol: Pharmacology & Neurobiology. Vijay A. Ramchandani, PhD., Indiana University School of Medicine (with modifications), as lifted by the toxicologists

For more details, please read the official toxicology report here.

Forum on the Subic Rape Case

The
Union of Journalists of the Philippines-UP Diliman
and the
Nicole Information Bureau
invites you to

(UN)COVERING THE SUBIC RAPE CASE:
Understanding its psychosocial, political, gender, and media-related issues

Speakers:

Dr. June Pagaduan Lopez
Professor of Psychiatry, UP Manila

Rachel Khan
Deputy Director, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

Djoannalyn Janier
Pagkakaisa sa Kababaihan (Kaisa Ka, Task Force Subic Rape)

Dr. Roland Simbulan
Faculty Regent, University of the Philippines

September 14, 2006 (Thursday)
1-4 p.m.
College of Mass Communication Auditorium
University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City

 

Is he really just a spiritual adviser?

This is a repost from the International Herald Tribune. Read it and tell us what you think.

Priest backs marines, angering Filipinos

By Seth Mydans

MANILA – Leaning forward in his wheelchair at the front of a courtroom is a small, bald man in a crisply ironed white cassock, his eyes darting from witness to judge to angry lawyer, drawing his own conclusions.

“I think it was seduction,” said the man in the cassock, James Reuter, of the highly charged case in which four U.S. Marines are accused of raping a Filipino woman.

“She was 22 and Danny was 19,” said Reuter, 90, an American Jesuit priest who has lived in the Philippines for most of his life.

“The only one accused of touching her is Danny, the baby boy,” he said, referring to Lance Corporal Daniel Smith, who is at the center of the case.

The words have a discordant ring in a trial that has been cast by nationalists and women’s rights groups as a symbol of U.S. abuse and exploitation of its former colony.

They come as a particular surprise from Reuter, whose fondness for the Philippines and high-profile involvement in public affairs have offered a contrasting view of the U.S. presence here.

He has no formal role in the case but has taken it upon himself to be not only a spiritual adviser but also an energetic advocate for the marines. “I don’t think they’re guilty,” he said, “not a bit.”

In taking the side of his countrymen he has gambled a lifetime of affection and respect that has led people here to embrace him as one of their own – “more Filipino than many Filipinos” in the words of one admirer. In 1996 the Philippine Congress awarded him honorary citizenship.

Reuter first came to the Philippines as a Jesuit missionary in 1938. He was imprisoned by the Japanese for more than three years during their World War II occupation of the Philippines, then plunged full-tilt into the life of the country.

As part of the Jesuit mission here, he has written and staged dozens of plays, organized singing groups, written newspaper columns and appeared on television and radio. He helped set up the Catholic radio station, Radio Veritas, and still serves as director for mass communications for the Catholic Church.

During the martial-law regime of the former president, Ferdinand Marcos, he spent two years under house arrest in the 1970s for publishing critical articles in a church journal.

People who have worked and studied with him call themselves “Reuter babies” and refer to him as Papa Bear. His office is adorned with teddy bears brought by visitors.

So his involvement in the nationally polarized case has been a puzzle to many people here. Not surprisingly, some of the sharpest words come from the lead prosecutor, Evalyn Ursua.

“I feel pity for Father Reuter, who has been such a respected priest in the country for so long,” she said during a break in testimony recently. “I think he is allowing his position to be used as a propaganda ploy to deodorize the accused. And for that reason alone I have lost all respect for him. Obviously his nationality is a paramount factor of his being on that side.”

Reuter has an innocent look, wheelchair-bound because of arthritis and a recent bout with pneumonia. But he has never been as mild as the statues of the Virgin Mary cluttering his office would suggest.

“Let’s be polite to everybody so they will treat us with love,” he said dryly as he entered the courthouse. Anti-American chants from members of the women’s rights group Gabriela echoed in the hallway.

“Oh my, oh my,” he said, when told of Ursua’s remarks. “In the beginning she took about 15 minutes to come out with a diatribe against the VFA,” the Visiting Forces Agreement that allows the presence of U.S. troops in the Philippines.

“I’m not doing this because I’m an American,” he said. “The reporters run after me. They say, ‘Why are you with the Americans?’ I tell them, ‘Because I’m a priest, for heaven’s sake. I deal with Filipinos 99 percent of the time. Now I’m asked by an American. Am I going to say no?'”

Beyond that, he said, “I think those guys are getting a pretty rough deal. The poor guys have nobody to back them up. They’re nice guys, clean cut guys. Especially the one who’s going to get it in the neck, Danny Smith.”

The four marines are accused of the rape while riding in a van last November on the former U.S. naval base at Subic Bay, which reverted to Philippine control in 1992. According to testimony in the case, three of them cheered on Smith as he had sex with a woman they had just met in a bar, then left her lying by the road and drove away.

The case has become a rallying cry for people who want to expel U.S. soldiers altogether from the country.

But Reuter has little use for the kind of ritualized nationalist outrage that leads to periodic demonstrations in front of the U.S. Embassy. “They bring a mob,” he said. “They’re always the same guys.”

But Reuter knows better. Beneath its self-doubts and feelings of inferiority, this is a nation that loves the United States as few others do, and Reuter has returned that love. “It’s the people,” he said. “The people are the most lovable in the world, very generous. They are suffering but they are very prayerful. They manage to smile no matter how hard things get.”

Perhaps, though, at this late stage in his life, some small recalibration was needed.

“I am very content to be heart and soul with the Philippines and live and die here,” he said. “But I still hold on to that commitment of being an American.”

It was the U.S. Army that drove the Japanese from the Philippines and liberated his prison camp in 1945, and that moment of jubilation and gratitude has never left him.

“That’s when I knew what it was to have a country,” he said. “That’s when I made up my mind that I would never change my citizenship.”

When he speaks of the Philippines he allows himself to use the word “we.”

“Are we poor?” he said. “Yes we are. Are we getting poorer? Yes we are. How is it going to be getting better? I don’t know.”

It seems a discouraging assessment after nearly 70 years in the Philippines, but by profession, Reuter has no choice but to be an optimist. “I think somehow God will take care of us.

“That’s doesn’t sound like an economic plan, but that’s what I think.”