DOJ: Video of Anikow attack shows it’s murder


The camera can’t lie: Even though only one person thrust the knife, the others joined the attack with “intent to kill.”

Citing a piece of security video footage as their main evidence, public prosecutors are pressing murder charges instead of the bailable offense of homicide against the four suspects in last week’s killing of George Anikow, a US Marine officer and husband of an American diplomat.

The case—which led to the arrest of four young men said to be from well-to-do families and drew offers of technical assistance from the US government—will be tried by Judge Winlove Dumayas of Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 59, Prosecutor General Claro Arellano said yesterday.

Anikow, 41, was stabbed dead early Saturday morning in what police said was a senseless but isolated case of violence near the upscale Bel-Air Village in Makati. The Nov. 24 incident was triggered by an altercation between the American and four men in a Volvo SUV at a checkpoint going to Rockwell commercial center.


Guard’s word

A security guard manning the checkpoint earlier told investigators that the suspects apparently lost their cool when Anikow, who appeared to be drunk, approached the checkpoint and butted in to tell the men to produce IDs. The American, who was just repeating the guard’s request for identification, then gave the SUV a hard tap, prompting the four men to get off the vehicle and attack him.

Arellano on Wednesday approved the recommendation of the Makati Prosecutor’s Office to file murder charges against Juan Alfonso Abastillas, 24, a resident of the exclusive subdivision Galeria de Magallanes in Makati; Crispin de la Paz, 23, a businessman engaged in multimedia production; Osric Cabrera, 27, owner of a kidney dialysis center in Makati; and Galicanao Datu III, a fourth year political science student of De La Salle University.

All 4 took part

Makati Assistant City Prosecutor Gilbert Alcala earlier explained in his recommendation that “although only one of the respondents may have inflicted the fatal wound on the victim … the evidence presented shows that the other respondents participated in attacking and ganging up on him.”

“All the respondents even chased him despite the fact that he already sustained a stab wound and ran away, and continued attacking him despite the fact that he already fell to the ground,” Alcala also noted.

In a five-page resolution, Arellano also gave credence to the eyewitness testimony of Rockwell security guard Jose Rommel Saavedra and a video footage of the 4 a.m. encounter at the corner Kalayaan Avenue and Rockwell Drive in Barangay Poblacion.

He noted that the four men acted “in conspiracy with each other” and that the footage alone showed that “all the respondents helped one another in attacking and mauling” Anikow, despite the fact that the victim was already running away after being stabbed.

Makati police chief Senior Supt. Manuel Lukban earlier disclosed that the US government had offered technical assistance in building up the case, including the enhancement of the security video footage. With a report from Jaymee Gamil

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  • salomeahmad

    Damming evidence. Secure & take good care of the video lest it would mysteriously disappear.

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  • killerelite

    Justice for the victim! Jail these bastards tingnan natin ang tapang ng ma yan sa loob ng kulungan! Let them pay for the mistakes they have done! I just hope that justice will be served the soonest possible time. salomeahmad is right, keep an eye of the evidence.

    • les21reago

       The MURDER case will NOT hold water in court and eventually may be a homicide case…The 4 though killed Anikow was provoked by the latter…Provocation being clear mitigating circumstances.

      • indiosbravos2002

        Charge them with murder and nobody will care.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Murder or Homicide… does not matter. This is an auto shut case with the video evidence and first hand witness UNLESS government prosecutors f@cks up the case or the judge rules in favor of the suspects in exchange of some moolah.

  • BruinBearDad

    Matapang pag madami.  Payabangan kasi mentality ng Pinoy.   Sino mas siga di ba?  Although I have seen the arrogance of some foreigners when they come over and I will be the first to confront one who is verbally abusive to Filipinos, 4 against 1?  and a stabbing to boot?  These young criminals are educated and well off.  And that’s also the reason why they are sobrang mayabang.  Now they will get a taste of the filthy jails. 

  • speedstream2

    Four against one? Is that a fair fight? Didn’t the guy already run for his life, and the four still went after him? Doesn’t the deed speak for itself?

    • Alexander Aamproz

      A typical Pilipino’s rubbish elites Macho style,

      dignity is an unknown notion by them,

      an absence of any education outside an untouchable selfishness,

      do they tray to improve their parent’s examples ?

  • ric

    in the absence of previous conspiracy, unity of criminal purpose and intention immediately before the commission of the crime, or community of criminal design, the criminal responsibility arising from the different acts directed against one and the same person is individual and not collective, and each of the participants is  liable only by the act committed by him ( U.S. vs. Magcomot , people vs. martinez, people vs. tamayo( kuro kuro ko ;lang po ito…)

  • 123dudley

    it really won’t matter what they are charged with or if they are even convicted…. some one will be coming to visit them soon….bend over and kiss your butt goodbye boys….

  • Buknoy Bisaya

    if that is not a US embassy official, even if he is an american/ will only qualify for homicide..and eventually become a self defense act with the security guard testifying on the side of the attackers!

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