Close  

Catholic bishops: PH gov’t must pursue case vs US soldier for transgender slay

By: - Reporter / @santostinaINQ
/ 11:22 PM October 14, 2014
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Catholic bishops urged the government to pursue the case against a US Marine accused of killing a Filipino transgender in Olongapo City.

“The case must be pursued. The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) are not licenses for Americans to commit crimes in the Philippines,” said Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes.

ADVERTISEMENT

“We should have learned from the lesson of Daniel Smith. Na-1-2-3 na ang mga Pilipino noon (The Filipinos were duped in that case),” added Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo.

Daniel Smith was an American soldier who was accused of and tried for the rape of Filipino woman Nicole in 2005. When he was sentenced to 40 years for rape, the Philippine government turned over his custody from the Makati City jail to the US embassy amid public outcry. He and his lawyers managed to get an acquittal at the Court of Appeals after Nicole recanted her accusation. It was said that the American and the victim settled out of court.

FEATURED STORIES

“This [new case] will test the Philippine’s determination to defend its citizens and uphold its laws against the Americans. We shall see how far those agreements are for us Filipinos,” Pabillo added.

RELATED STORIES

‘We’re hurt,’ we’ve to fight for Laude’s ‘rights and justice’—AFP chief

US Marine tagged in transgender slay named

Transgender kin decry ‘slow gov’t response’

ADVERTISEMENT
Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: acquittal, arrest, Arturo Bastes, Broderick Pabillo, Catholic bishops, Catholic Church, courts, Crime, crime suspect, crime victim, custody of prisoner, Daniel Smith, detention, EDCA, Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, Global Nation, Jeffrey Laude, Joseph Scott Pemberton, Justice, law, litigation, Murder, Nicole rape case, Philippines, Rape, recantation, transgender, trials, United States, US, US Marines, VFA, Visiting Forces Agreement, Visiting Forces Agreement Commission
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.