Santiago: FBI can join probe, but…


Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Tuesday said the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) would have to get permission from the Philippine government before its agents could conduct their own probe into the killing of American George Anikow.

Santiago, an expert on international law, said an investigation by a foreign government “happens in international relations as long as you observe the rule that no foreigners are allowed to operate within our country without the permission of our government.”

“They’ll have to come with the permission of the Philippine government,” Santiago told reporters. “Assuming that the Philippine government gives permission, then they’ll have to work in tandem with the (National Bureau of Investigation). They cannot be an independent agency working for a foreign government independently within Philippine territory.”

ABS-CBN earlier said FBI agents wanted to look into the killing of Anikow, a US Marine officer married to a US Embassy staff member and a father of three.  The embassy has condemned the killing.

Sen. Francis Pangilinan, a former chair of the Senate committee on justice and human rights, said that unless FBI assistance was needed, “this matter is best left to our own investigators. Any presence of foreign investigators must be with our approval.”

“I am sure they (the Americans) wouldn’t want us to be unnecessarily interfering in an investigation conducted by them in their own country,” Pangilinan said.

Citing “privacy reasons,” the embassy declined requests for information about Anikow’s personal life, but details about the victim have been trickling into American online media and social networking sites.

The news websites Gawker and DiploPundit said Anikow was the executive officer of the 4th Civil Affairs Group of the Regimental Combat Team 3 in Afghanistan in 2009.

Subscribers to the Facebook page of the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) who know Anikow relayed their condolences and called for a speedy administration of justice. The Isaf is the military coalition led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato) which goes after terrorists and insurgents in Afghanistan.

The two sites said that while in Afghanistan, Anikow was specially trained in “people skills” and that he talked with the local people to address their concerns and propose possible projects. The embassy earlier described Anikow as “inactive.”

Other news sites also showed pictures of Anikow showing him talking to children and elders while on patrol in the southern Afghan province of Helmand.  With a report from Jerome Aning

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  • joboni96

    buti na laang

    may big balls sen miriam
    who protects our sovereignty

    amidst all the collaborators in the government

    deport na mga fbi na iyan
    baka mahalina na naman sa mga ladies natin
    while abusing our sovereignty

  • silk

    what a blow hard she is.  typical grandstanding to make herself look like the protector of the Philippines.  Pure BS to the core.

  • zeroko

    The Lady Senator “Chinese corroborator  Miriam Defensor Santiago needs a little bit more emotion and she will drop dead. She is no use for anyone anymore, much more as a Senator. He he he. That blabber mouth oath to retire before she will be assign in the UN. That August organization doesn’t deserve a traitor and a blabber mouth. It’s like releasing a lady gorilla in the UN Hall. He hehe.

    When it comes to America, these traitor is too noisy for her own good. She should join Bayan Muna, She belongs to that group. When ever the Americans help us during natural calamity, these group are so quiet. They are definitely hostile to America no matter how the Americans appease us. This is the problem,of electing Chinese in our government. They do not represent the nations sentiment. No matter how many Chinese generation will pass, still, they will remain loyal to their fatherland, China. 

    Just take this. Lucio Tan, the owner of PAL never miss sending Filipino-Chinese school boys to China every summer, to orient them of their of their origin. This is a disaster, we Filipinos should not have allowed Chinese in our country.

  • mulanay

    Saan ba napatay ang Anikow na ‘yan? Bakit hindi sinasabi sa istorya?

  • zeroko

    When Hong Kong authority went to investigate the batch hostage taking, Senator Blabber Santiago never raise her eyebrow, but when they are Americans, this traitor gets noisy again. It’s too obvious what she is driving at. She wants the VFA out of the PHilippines and favor her fatherland China to annex our country. She is one of the traitors in our Chinese Dominated Government.

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