Those of us that live here in the Philippines have gotten more than a bit used to the double standards that Filipinos hide behind their fake smiles to the rest of the world while they hold their hands out for money. In fact, we tend to just get numb to it. It’s easier to just accept the little examples of it we encounter from day to day.
But every now and again, we get an example that’s larger than life…literally.
As any foreigner who’s here and relatively sober can attest to, the media has been pushing this JEFFREY Laude case (yes, had to capitalize the fact that he WAS a male, and not “Jennifer” like the media wants you to believe). The Filipinos have taken pure umbrage (great insult) that an American allegedly killed one of their own. Of course, we’re not supposed to pay attention to the fact that Jeffrey was engaged to marry, yet was a prostitute as well. Those details are unimportant. We MUST think that Jeffrey was an innocent “Filipina” who was brutally murdered in the flower of “her” youth. Lately, the prosecution even insists that it has “overwhelming evidence” that it was pre-meditated murder, rather than the lesser charge of homicide. In Philippines law, that’s a difference of 20 years in prison vs. 40 years in prison. In short, they want to ram it hard up this American’s ass, whatever it takes.
Now, as much fun as we can have going back and forth over that headline again and again, a completely NEW view of Filipino “me first…I must be treated special!” comes into play.
Some may remember this event from back in 2012…others may not have heard of it. So I’ll just repost the story below. If you’re rather skip the quoted story, I have the nutshell version right below it:
MANILA, Philippines — The husband of a US diplomat stabbed dead in an early morning altercation at the gate of a posh Makati village just so happened to have hurt the egos of his four attackers when he gave the silver Volvo car they were riding in a hard tap, police said.
George Anikow, 41, an inactive US marine officer, died on Saturday morning after he was mauled and fatally stabbed at the back and left shoulder in an event so random he and the other men hardly knew each other, Senior Supt. Manuel Lukban, Makati police chief, said in an interview.
The suspects identified as Juan Alfonzo Abastilla, 24; Crispin dela Paz, 28; Osric Cabrera, 27; and Galicano Datu III, 22, have been charged with murder.
Covering their faces with towels to avoid television cameras, the four underwent inquest proceedings at the Makati prosecutor’s office on Sunday afternoon.
The four were arrested by the Makati police on Saturday moments after the fatal stabbing and when they were about to flee.
Abastilla, Dela Paz, and Cabrera are profiled as businessmen living in Makati while Datu is a student of De la Salle University in Manila. The four are believed to be from well-to-do families, according to the police.
“There was no deeper reason why they attacked the American. Nakalalake lang. (Their egos were just hurt),” Lukban told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
The Makati police said the four on board a silver Volvo (TOJ 886) were being checked by a security guard at the gate of Rockwell Center along Kalayaan Avenue when Anikow who, then appeared to be drunk, broke into the conversation.
“You need to present your ID, the guard is checking you,” Anikow told the men in the Volvo car, the Rockwell security guard said.
The men ignored him but the driver Abastilla asked for the name of the American before he rolled up the car’s window.
But the Volvo-riding men lost their cool when the American gave their Volvo a tap. They alighted the vehicle and ganged up on the victim.
“The victim was able to run away but the attackers caught up with him and mauled him again,” Lukban said.
Witnesses said the victim fell to the ground, bleeding from the stab wounds in his body.
Before fleeing, one of the attackers even threatened the on-duty security guard saying: “Wag kang magsusumbong. Huwag mong kunin ang plate number namin, gago yan (You don’t report this. Don’t take down our plate number. That guy’s no good).”
Chief Superintendent Benito Estipona, director of the Southern Police District, said the policemen on three mobile patrol cars, upon getting an alert from Rockwell security guards, were just in time to block the suspects’ path along Estrella St., in Barangay Poblacion, Makati City.
A bloodstained tactical knife was found at the front passenger seat of the suspects’ vehicle.
Lukban said the US Embassy officials have been in constant contact with the Makati police after learning about the killing.
“They are looking forward to the immediate filing of the case,” Lukban said.
The victim, a dependent of one of the officers of the US Embassy, was awaiting order from the US Marine to be called to duty, the police said.
Lukban said the Makati police opted to file murder, a non-bailable offense, instead of homicide since the attackers chased the victim “with the intent to kill.”
So basically what we have here are 4 rich kids who don’t even live in the subdivision trying to take a shortcut through it. The Marine, security minded about his community (as you’d expect) tells them they have to show ID to the guard (who was checking id’s, as was his job). These guys get out and start a fight with the Marine. The Marine, being older and outnumbered, takes off. But that’s not good enough for these punks. They chase him down, beat him up some more, then one of them takes out a tactical knife and stabs him multiple times, including the fatal blow to the neck. This is murder in its pre-meditated form. These assholes could have just stayed in their car and drove off. They could have gotten back into their car when the Marine ran off. No. They chased him down with the intent on killing him.
Ready for the punchline?
Only two were charged (out of the 4). Of those two, NEITHER served a single day in prison. Their final sentence? Parole. No days served….just occasionally check in with a parole officer! WHAT BULLSHIT IS THIS?!?! The court’s reasoning is that…get this….the prosecution didn’t show that this was intentional! According to the court’s understanding, this was just some guys that used “abuse of superior force”. Here’s what the American Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg had to say about it:
In an interview with ANC, Goldberg said nobody “served a day for that brutal crime.” The diplomat is referring to the murder of US Marine Major George Anikow’s killing on November 24, 2012 at a security checkpoint in Bel-Air. The incident was partly captured in a security camera. Charged were Juan Alfonso Abastillas, Osric Cabrera, Galicano Datu III, and Crispin de la Paz.
Goldberg noted only two suspects were convicted of homicide “but were given probation” by the trial court. The two others got scot free from any charges. […] He said it’s been hard explaining to the family as to “why this happened in a case of very brutal murder.”
So, my question is…if this is the standard that rich Filipinos live by, then why not apply it to Pemberton? Can’t prove he intended to kill Jeffrey…so how about some probation? How would Filipinos feel about that?
You don’t have to answer that. We already know the answer. “This is differrrrreennnttt sirrr…this is a Filipino! We are a poorrrrrrr country,,,,,we need special treatment!” In other words, Filipinos only apply their laws to the poor and the foreigner. The poor simply because they can. The Foreigner because it’s a charity waiting to happen. In the case of Pemberton, it’s being used to threaten the existence of the VFA…unless the US gives up more money. I guess the decline in donations is finally being felt by the politicians, who are the only ones making money from it anyways.
So there you have it. Racism, double standards, and a new level of Filipino hypocrisy for you to enjoy. I’m sure there isn’t a finite number of “Sorry po!”‘s out there to make that Marine’s wife feel any better, and I’m sure the Filipinos won’t rest until they milk every dime they can from the Jeffrey Laude case. It truly is more fucked up in the Failippines.Published in