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US law enforcers to join Anikow slay probe



MANILA, Philippines–United States law enforcement officials are working with Philippine authorities in investigating the killing of an American Marine last Saturday, the US Embassy in Manila has said.

US Embassy spokesperson Tina Malone on Wednesday said American law enforcers where collaborating with the Philippine National Police in its probe into the death of George Anikow, husband of a US diplomat, at the hands of four Volvo-riding Filipino males outside a posh neighborhood in Makati City early Saturday morning.

Malone, however, did not specify whether US authorities involved came from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as earlier reported.

“The Philippine National Police is investigating this crime in accordance with Philippine Law.  US Embassy law enforcement officials are working in close cooperation with the local authorities and will continue to assist them as their investigation proceeds,” said Malone in a statement sent via text message.

The four suspects, all in their 20s, were arrested also on Saturday after they ganged up on Anikow and one of them stabbed the foreigner dead at a checkpoint outside the gate of Bel-Air Village near the upscale Rockwell Center.

Security footage obtained by police showed that the four suspects–Juan Alfonzo Abastillas, 24, Crispin de la Paz, 28, Osric Cabrera, 27, and Galicano Datu III, 22- chased Anikow outside the Bel-Air gate after the latter tapped their Volvo as they were entering the village.

Police also recovered three knives from the suspects, including one tactical knife believed to have been used in the killing.

Anikow was known to have served in the US Marines in Afghanistan until 2009 before his family moved to the Philippines.

The Embassy has yet to issue details on whether Anikow’s remains will be repatriated to the US.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SYG36KOOLRY47VA3ICPJJ5CQTQ ADD

    Aniko’ fault: 1) Meddling into someone’s business in a state of drunkenness.
                      2) Tapping the car. (Admit it, it infuriates anyone.)

    But still, killing someone is 100% wrong. If the boys just ganged up on him, would be understandable.

    “Don’t drink and drive;” and “don’t drink and meddle into someone’s business”

  • joboni96

    kung sino man ang nagpahintulot nito
    ay isang approbadong collaborator
    na sumira sa soberenya ng bayan natin

    dapat maalis sa pwesto

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JC2BGEUL44F6FSHVJYDBUW7JLI Ric

    welcome “Volvo” guys to Bilibid hotel presidential suite..

  • M C

    Sometimes, car riders think they have better rights than pedestrians – that they have always the right of way.  I have seen drivers rushing as if to run over those on the zebra lane – as if those crossing the zebra lane have to give way to the driver of an incoming car. There are also drivers who would drive on the zebra lane on an intersection when that lane is reserved for pedestrians.  In Germany, they don’t have any speed limit but drivers would always allow pedestrians to cross first rather than try to outspeed them. Drivers should understand that what they are driving is just a machine and people are more important than machines. When I am on the street, I would always tapped on cars whose drivers think they have better rights than pedestrians especially those who would place their cars exactly on the zebra lane.  Unfortunately, they don’t want to get out of their cars. In fact, I would like to encourage all pedestrians to bang or tap on those cars whose drivers think they have to be ahead of those crossing the zebra lane or drivers who would honk their cars on pedestrians crossing the street. That is to remind them that there can never be any class distinction on the street – that a Volvo or a BMW driver do not have more rights than the ordinary pedestrian and the pedestrian should never be treated like a pest that has to be shooed away.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


  • Loggnat

    Cultural differences between the rest of the civilized world and the Filipinos, when one culture thinks tapping on a car is just to get an attention while the other justifies killing a human being  for that tap. Indeed it is, one is a rampant criminal culture that will kill for a gesture and the other is a more human and civilized culture that interprets a tap in the car as a minor act of getting their attention. What is disturbing is that these young men thinks that killing somebody is something that they will be able to get away with. Another Philippine culture, a culture of impunity for those who have wealth and believes that they can get away with murder. That is the product of a different set of justices for the poor and the rich, a social injustice that is the best recruiter for the NPA and other terrorist organization that plagues the country. 

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