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CA decision acquitting Smith,a very bad precedent!

Reference: Prof. Jocelyn Bisuña, spokesperson, BAN BALIKATAN (09086198971)


Decision tantamount to license for US troops to rape Filipinas

The Bikolano Alliance for Nationalism against Balikatan (BAN BALIKATAN) condemned the recent Court of Appeals (CA) decision acquitting convicted rapist Lance Corporal Daniel Smith.

According to Prof. Jocelyn Bisuña, spokesperson of BAN BALIKATAN, “this is a complete sell out of Philippine sovereignty and serves as a very bad precedent for the protection of the rights of women. The CA has turned a landmark decision to assert our country’s sovereignty into a farce and almost gave US troops license to rape Filipinas and get away with it,”

“This is very alarming especially now that thousands of US soldiers are in the country. Here in Albay, Bicol the top hotels say that most of their rooms if not all of them are occupied by US troops which number around 400 and at least 2 batches of 8-10 prostituted women are brought to these hotels every night to cater to the carnal desire of the US troops. This situation is very dangerous which is aggravated by the CA decision, US troops may rape even prostituted women with impunity,” said the patriotic professor.

“We believe that extreme pressure was exerted by the US and Philippine governments on the CA to set Smith free and eliminate the thorn on the two countries relation. This is a highly condemnable act because they sacrificed justice and our sovereignty just to preserve the unequal relation of the US and the Philippines. The only way to solve this is to immediately junk the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and cancel the Balikatan exercises, as well as to ensure that no similar agreements or treaties will be implemented again,” ended Bisuña.

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