Nicole has flown the coop and landed right where she wanted to be all along, it seems: in the heart of the good ol’ U.S. of A. Celebrity rape victim Nicole, the symbol of oppressed and victimized Filipina womanhood, as painted by her handlers, has fired her lawyer and left the country “for good“. And where else would she end up but in the homeland of her rapist, American Marine Daniel Smith. WTF !? Literally.
How’s that for an ironic twist ? She also expressed her desire to have “all other cases arising from or related” to the Subic rape case dropped because “there is no justice in the Philippines“. Huh ? She got a conviction didn’t she ? Smith was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to up to 40 years in prison.
This of course leaves a lot of unanswered questions. Who facilitated her departure ? What did she get in return for abandoning the case ? What role did U.S. and Philippine officialdom have in bringing this about ?
Not to speculate on her reasons for leaving, as I’m sure they’re all perfectly valid, but this move seems cynical and calculating. It leaves all her supporters with egg on their faces. It’s an embarassment to the anti-U.S. groups who hoped to ride on the issue to bring to the fore public sentiment against the Visiting Fiorces Agreement, which allows for the presence of U.S. troops in the Philippines. They now have to get off their high horses in the middle of crossing the river.
Unfortunately, what she did once again tarred the already soiled image of the Filipina. According to her lawyer Evelyn Ursua “The ‘Nicole’ that she and the other lawyers represented was beyond the woman that Nicole and her family thought she was. ‘Nicole’ is every Filipino woman who was and will be raped by American soldiers.” Precisely why her unceremonious departure for America is like a slap on the face. That she fled to the very place which spawned her despoiler, and that of every Filipina ravished by the big bad Americans over the last century or so, speaks volumes. The message it sends: Every Filipina has a price. And that price is, sadly, a one-way ticket to the U.S.
The stage is now set for Smith’s eventual acquittal on grounds of reasonable doubt.
Nicole now with new American boyfriend.