Anikow murder case: From hotel Yule party to dinner in jail

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George Anikow

MANILA, Philippines—Christmas for the Cabreras is usually spent partying in a hotel. But this year, the family is spending the holiday with their dear Osric at Makati City Jail.

Osric Cabrera and the three other suspects in the killing of a US Marine officer in Makati City lost all hopes of spending Yuletide at home, with the court just starting to hear their petition for bail in a criminal case being closely monitored by the US government.

In an Inquirer interview on Thursday, Jose Cesar Cabrera Jr. maintained that his brother Osric and his friends Juan Alfonso Abastillas, Crispin de la Paz and Galicano Datu III “were not the type of killers” being projected in the media.

Osric Cabrera

“A mere act of self-defense,” Jose Jr. said, led to the suspects’ violent encounter with the victim, George Anikow, a US Marine major and husband of an American diplomat.

Jose Jr. said he knows the three other suspects very well, especially De la Paz, a half-Korean who goes by the nickname Chester. “Matitino sila (They’re just regular guys).”

The four young men are charged with the murder of Anikow, who was mauled and stabbed at a checkpoint near the upscale Bel-Air subdivision in an altercation over access going to Rockwell commercial complex in the early morning of Nov. 24. The incident was witnessed by the checkpoint guard and caught on security camera.

They all pleaded not guilty to the charge when arraigned on Wednesday.

Osric’s father, Dr. Jose Cesar Cabrera, appealed to the media for a fair coverage of the murder case.

The elder Cabrera noted with dismay how a TV network showed only portions of the security camera video which, in his view, depicted the suspects as the “aggressors.” He maintained that the suspects did not start the brawl.

“The damage has been done. Now the kids are mixed with hardened criminals and other media outlets had picked up the video footage,” Dr. Cabrera said.

Jose Jr. said his family usually spends Christmas in a hotel for a get-together, but now they will all go to the city jail to be with Osric, the second in a brood of four.

“My brother is a very helpful person, the type who would not leave you behind,” he said in Filipino. “If he’s really a troublemaker, then he should have been like that a long time ago? But that’s not the case.”

He said Osric has a child and has been planning to get married before the killing happened.

Galicano Datu III

The trial had caused their family great stress, Jose Jr. added. Their mother, who had just undergone a kidney transplant, could not even bear entering the courtroom.

The Cabreras own St. Vincent Dialysis Center in Barangay (village) Pembo in Makati and provide free dialysis services worth about P6 million a year for indigent patients, Jose Jr. said. The center was established in 2005 after he survived a kidney illness himself.

The family also owns an X-Ray center and a laboratory, he said.

Branding his brother and the other accused as mere “rich kids” or “brats” in media reports is just not fair, Jose Jr. stressed.

At Thursday’s bail hearing at the sala of Makati City Judge Winlove Dumayas, a member of the defense panel questioned the prosecution’s presentation of a mere copy of the video footage of the incident and demanded the original clip.

Crispin de la Paz

The court set the next hearing for Jan. 3 next year.

Four US Embassy representatives were present in court as observers, including consul general Michael Schimmel.

“We lost a valuable member of our community. The embassy ensures the welfare of American citizens in the Philippines, this is why there’s the four of us here,” Schimmel told the Inquirer.

Earlier reports from the news website Gawker identified Anikow as a major in the US Marine Corps and executive officer of the 4th Civil Affairs Group

The two weapons the suspects yielded following their arrest for the killing of Anikow in Makati City on Nov. 24.

of the Regimental Combat Team 3 in Afghanistan in 2009.

According to an obituary written by Adam Hochron, Anikow is survived by his wife of 15 years, Laura Anikow, son Jacob, and daughters Grace and Sophie of Herndon, Virginia.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF MAKATI RTC

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  • bugabee

    Tapos ang maliligayang araw n’yo, mga tukmol! 

    • tukmoldinako

      wag ka namang mandamay tol, lol

      yung apat lang , makulong sila

  • locksheer

    Kalabaw Courtby Banana RepublicProsec. Atty MayTupak: “Four against One Unarmed  Tipsy Marine, He is not armed,  you were armed. What can you say?”Defense Atty. Bulak Ball: “Hon. ICC Judge M. Diffuser, my clients don’t have x-ray visions. How the could they know that he is unarmed. . He most likely saw that there plenty of my clients inside the vehicle. It was not logical to think na wala syang armas dahil Hindi sya magtapatapangangan  sa amin kung wala syang baril. (In english – He would not dare  to be in the combative mood  unless he is armed).  at saka may naka bukol sa kanyang tagiliran. He is a Marine.  The marines are always depicted in the movies, tv, video games, magazines fully armed. It has been imprinted in my clients minds  since they were kids that the Marines are always armed. At saka sariwa pa sa isip ng client ko ang tungkol kay Ivr…. na Fil…. na nagbaril ng anak ng isang mat… na Fil… o…. sa traffic altertecation dahil nando-on sya noong nangyari yon. (in Englsih – there was a this Ivr…..– who shot a son of a F…..Off….during a traffic altertecation). My clients thought that  they will die that night. blah blah blah blah So they fought tooth and nail.”Hon. ICC(Internatioanl Criminal Court-Vieanna) Judge M. Diffuser: May Punto ka dyan. Mga Filipino hindi magatapangtapangan sa apat na kalaban  kung walang baril. Yong fifty years nyo nahatol, eh bawasan ko ng kalahati.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DC6NG5LRTD3HOCQPAYFQ53NWIY Crisanto

    Lesson. Mayayabang galit sa kapwa mayabang….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DC6NG5LRTD3HOCQPAYFQ53NWIY Crisanto

    This serves as a lesson. Anikow was drunk and probably bragging at that time. He should have put the alcohol in his tummy instead in his brain. Its very easy to stay away from trouble but Anikow looked for it. I’m not saying he deserves to die but he could have prevented it.

    • panhase

      If it´s true what u say, that it´s easy to stay away from trouble, then the 4 armed guys should have walked (driven) away instead of killing Anikow. They even chased him and stabbed him in the back.
      What make you think Annikow looked for it? What do you think this 4 guys with attack weapons were looking for?

    • kanoy

       SURE HE COULD HAVE PREVENTED IT..AS SOON AS HE SEEN THOSE 3 RICH PUNKS ALL HAD KNIVES HE SHOULD HAVE PULLED OUT HIS 45 AND SHOT THEM THEN PUT 1 IN THE BRAIN OF EACH IN CASE THEY WHERE SUFFERING

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DC6NG5LRTD3HOCQPAYFQ53NWIY Crisanto

    If Anikow killed those persons, he will be inside the US embassy as his jail term and not in any jail in any city there in the Philippines.. Remember the US serviceman who raped a Filipina?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PZCN62UBWNKFSNDJ2D3JQBBBWQ max m

       Crisanto. you have your facts all wrong, this man doesnot fall under the SOA,
      he would if eligible fall under diplomatic cover, as spouse of embassy employee unless he was directly involved w/the US embassy

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/DC6NG5LRTD3HOCQPAYFQ53NWIY Crisanto

        I stand to be corrected. Thank you!

    • kanoy

      ”IF” $HIT DID NOT SMELL SO BAD IT WOULD NOT DRAW FLIES LIKE YOU DRAW CONCLUSIONS WHICH SMELL THE SAME
      Remember the US serviceman who raped a Filipina? YEA DUMB A$$ DO YOU? The Filipino woman who accused an American Marine of raping her in November 2005 has not only recanted more than two years after winning a conviction but has also accepted money from him and flown to the United States for good
      RECANT
      . To make a formal retraction or disavowal of (a statement or belief to which one has previously committed oneself).

      To make a formal retraction or disavowal of a previously held statement or belief.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

        ang pinay ngayon sa america na di sya na rape ng kano sya gusto ma rape ng kano

      • kanoy

         WHY SHOULD SHE WASTE MONEY ON AIRFARE? SHE CAN GET RAPED AND KILLED FOR FREE BY A FILIPINO RIGHT HERE IN THE RP
        MANILA, Philippines – Two pedicab drivers were arrested yesterday for raping and killing a seven-year-old girl in Sta. Mesa, Manila

        Arnieca’s half-naked body was found on the fourth floor of a house on Pat Antonio street in Sta. Mesa, with a nylon cord looped around her neck. Investigators said there were ligature marks on her neck, lacerations on her body and blood on her genitals. The two men admitted to raping and killing the girl

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

      di na rape ang pinay sya ang nang rape sa kano

  • tukmoldinako

    sa akin lang , hindi ko maintindihan bakit” pleaded not guilty e patay na nga” may balisong pang evidensya. Dalawa ang balisong, hindi daw killer ha, kadalasan hindi mo yan mababasa sa mukha ng tao o sa kilos nya kung killer o hinde. Tingnan mom mukha ni Lanza, maamo at di mo sasabihing papatay ng tao. Pero sigurado ko yung taong may bitbit palagi ng balisong , sigurado yun , isang taong handang pumatay. pinagsasaksak sa likod, dalawang balisong , e di dalawa lang ang killer, sa autopsy makikita kung alin sa mga balisong ang nagamit. Ibig sabihin , alam ng apat kung sino sa kanila ang killer, magturo na kayo mabawasan man lang taon nyo sa bilanggo.  Ngayon kung pareparehong apat na nagsasabi na hindi sila ang killer, e malamang galing sa drug session ang mga iyan, biruin mo madaling araw nangyari, naka inom , naka droga rin ang mga iyan kaya matatapang, mayayabang na anak ng mayayaman.

    tingnan nyo lang kung sino ang mukhang tukmol, siya na yun. Hala mabulok kayo sa bilanguan.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/DC6NG5LRTD3HOCQPAYFQ53NWIY Crisanto

      Pleaded not guilty……Is every right of every individual in the court of law. It doesnt mean if the other party is already dead means that those accussed are condemned or guilty…
      Hope that helps…..

      • tukmoldinako

        kaya pala maraming killer sa Pinas na nasa labas, syempre pag mahirap, walang kayang magbayad ng korte, pagmayaman pa yung killer nababayaran pa ang abogado,  until proven guilty, e maraming investigation at hearing pa ang mangyayari, hanggang yung nagdemanda wala nang pera, pinababayaan nalang ang demanda hindi na rin umaatend ng hearing, dismiss. At kung ma accused naman, meron pang CA at lalo na naman lumaki ang gastos, at mas marami daw doon ang buwaya, palakihan lang ang lagay lusot kana, thanks.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/DC6NG5LRTD3HOCQPAYFQ53NWIY Crisanto

        You are correct! Sad to say it happens.. That is why someone will resort to violence just to get even…

      • kanoy

        Christmas for the Anikows is usually spent partying in a hotel.

        But this year, as well as all that followthe family is spending the holiday with their dear George Anikow at the cemetary

      • kanoy

         THERE ARE 3 PLEAS A DEFENDANT MAY ENTER….GUILTY….NOT GUILTY OR NOLO CONTENDE (NO CONTEST…MEANS…NOT ENTERING A PLEA…DO AS YOU WISH) WITH THE EASILY BOUGHT 1 PERSON IS BOTH JUDGE AND JURY…THERE IS NO USE/NEED OF PLEA BARGAINING…ALSO WITH THE 60 YEAR OBSOLETE ”EYE WITNESS” EVIDENCE…MURDER IS EASILY BEAT WHEREAS FORENSICS….SHUNNED HERE MAINLY DUE TO WHO IT WOULD CONVICT….IS ALL BUT BANNED…SUCH AS THEY ARE THE ONLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD TO CALL DNA ”CONFUSING & COMPLICATING”

        October 1997 – Hubert Webb requested DNA testing of semen specimen

        November 25, 1997 – RTC Judge Tolentino denied Hubert Webb’s motion for DNA Testing

        – Reason was “the proposed DNA examination would not serve the ends of justice but only lead to the complication and confusion of the case”

  • cultural_divide

    “Wishy washy I.D. inspection by the always disrespected Sekyu(slang for Security Guards or S.G.) at a plush village in Cocunut(syn. empty head) City” .

    To Westerner eyes:” Sec Grd are respected & feared in Westrn Civlzd world -Sec Grds are attired  to be feared by public. Sec. Grds can call police & you are in big trouble dude.”

    To Ph eyes: ” Ow c’mon. Sekyu lang yan(He is a mere Sec Grd) We have no respect  & fear for them. No need to show I.D. bec. I pass thru this gate often. Watch me- as I show my clout – car buddies. All of  Sec. Grds at this gate know me already  that I am a  princeling. ” 

    To Western eyes:” Not good. Security Breach. I reside here. Y’All citizns should learn to respect & learn to obey Sec. Grds. Crime loopholes!&#@$!!!!” 

    From Guardian Angel (psst.. Westerners knows stiff rules – Raising voice, screaming, yelling to vent anger is still ok. No touch, no punch(punching car is still ok- sue him for damages) or Westerner land in jail with misdemeanor. Bad accessible public record forever. You’re fired.)

    From St. Peter Calungsod-.:”Just get the name of lousy Sec. Grd. & complain to supervisor to avoid trouble. Or come back next day to teach lousy Sec. Grds. how to improve lax security procedures.”

    To Westerner eyes:”I feel safe. Sec. Grd. is here & he will call police. Police will come fast(oh. oh. sorry, police & ambulance cars  are slow in Ph., heavy traffic, etc, etc, , Sec. Grd. will hide under the table if fight erupts)”.

    To Ph eyes: “Barkadas(comrades) this Westerner is screaming, yelling, raising voice. Punches will be thrown anytime any moment. Get ready with your so-called “self-defense” weapons. Grab the ones hidden under your driver seats.”.

    To Western eyes:”Chasing an unarmed, wounded, Marine Officer is Capital murder- Death Penalty- lethal injection”.

    To Ph defense lawyer eyes:” He could still get a weapon & come back to kill of us.So we ……”.  Psst. will bribe the next Pres. after Pnoy.

    “!@#$%^&*()”:}{}}{][+_-=?,../”

    Score Board:

    PH-loss:  Four- 4 (ty years) + bad publicity of PH plastered all over the cyberspace.

    American-loss: One(1)(but priceless.A moment of silence of prayers please).

    China-Winner!!: by 5+( Yahoo!! Don’t worry– People’s liberation Army will invade you Phils. when USA is gone and send these spoiled brats Pinoys to re-education hard labor camp). Other options available: “burn yourself” like Tibetans. 

    P.S.

    Tips to Pintezins from a deported Pinoy now an OFW in Middle “F” East.

    1. Faced with an angry Westerner – Just pretend to call police with  your cell phone even though you know police may never come. Most of “West” are not aware of that.

    2. Tell the Westerner the magic word: ” I will sue you in court. I have witnesses” Even though you know going to court is futile.

    3. Use cell phone to take a video of them in “angry & confrontational” mode and threaten to post in cyberspace (sayang maraming “US tourist visa” sana yong kapalit – coconut head.) 

    more pls….

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