Ms. Ronadale Zapata
KABAYAN ON ALLEGED RAPE OF FILIPINA BY US
07 November 2005
President Noli ‘Kabayan’ De Castro wants justice to be served on the alleged rape of a
22-year old Filipino by six
United States servicemen in Subic last week.
President hopes that with the Philippine government’s all-out support the alleged
victim will not be discouraged
in pursuing the case against the
President De Castro believes that this case would show the whole world that justice can be
fairly and expeditiously meted
out in the Philippines contrary to perceptions that the justice system in
the country is slow if not
magiging test case para sa paggawad ng katarungan dito sa ating bayan. Kung
hindi natin magagawaran ng
tamang paghatol ang mga mapapatunayang nagkasala sa kasong ito laban sa isa
nating kababayan, lalo tayong
lalabas na katawa-tawa at magiging kawawa sa pananaw ng mundo at paglalaruan na
lang ng kung sino-sino.
regard, the Vice President called on the justice department to act with dispatch
on the case and not allow it
to drag. Under the Visiting Forces Agreement between the US and RP, there is
a one-year period to complete
the criminal proceedings. After one year, the US military authorities are
no longer obliged to guarantee
the appearance of the accused US
President De Castro pointed out that the first female US ambassador to the Philippines,
Kristie Anne Kenney, who was
recently designated by President Bush, he expects her to be more sympathetic to
the plight of the rape victim.
At the same
time, Vice President De Castro called on American authorities to cooperate and
turn over the suspects to
Philippine authorities as soon as it is warranted. He explained that he is
authorities will fully cooperate in the potentially capital offense case.
President also viewed this shocking event as an opportunity for the
to strengthen further based mainly on mutual respect for each other and in upholding the human
rights of both the victim and
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