US Embassy comes out stronger on Anikow case


MANILA, Philippines—With the Anikow murder trial headed for a holiday break, the US Embassy in Manila on Friday reiterated its calls for justice—this time with a more strongly-worded condemnation of the November 24 killing.

In a statement, the mission described the death of US Marine major George Anikow allegedly at the hands of four young Filipino men as “a brutal, senseless attack” on “an unarmed, innocent man”—sharp words never before used in its earlier official statements on the case.

The embassy also described his death as “murder,” an apparent counterpoint to the defendants’ argument that the case should be downgraded to homicide, a bailable offense.

“[His] death is a terrible loss to his family and to the community.   He leaves behind three young children, and a grieving widow.   He had lived in Manila for less than 100 days, and in that short time he had become a vital member of our embassy community,” it said.

Anikow, the 41-year-old husband of an American diplomat, was stabbed dead allegedly by one of the four men who ganged upon him at a checkpoint near the upscale Bel-Air subdivision in Makati in the early morning of Nov. 24.

The incident reportedly stemmed from an altercation over security checks.

“The US Embassy carefully monitors the investigation and prosecution of all serious crimes against American citizens.  We are grateful to the Philippine authorities for the prompt arrest and prosecution of the four suspects, and we are confident that justice will be served in this case, in accordance with Philippine law,” it added.

US Embassy representatives attended the first few hearings of the case at the sala of Judge Winlove Dumayas of Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 59.

The four arrested suspects—Juan Alfonso Abastillas, Osric Cabrera, Crispin de la Paz and Galicano Datu III— pleaded not guilty when arraigned on Wednesday. The bail hearings started the following day and will resume on Jan. 3 next year. Jerome Aning

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  • dennis

    Kung nakamatay eh dapat parusahan at hindi na kailangang patunayan pa sa korte kung may sapat na katibayan! This is what i mean na DAPAT UNAHIN MUNA ANG DEATH PENALTY BAGO ANG DIVORCE BILL! This is much a priority….A highly PRIORITY sa bansa natin! Divorce Bill will never reduce criminals.The point here is MURDER! If you kill a person who is not in his state of normal condition(drunk or under influenced of drugs) must serve the same punishment! This is the defect of our justice system.It so happen that a victim was an American kaya mabilis ang pag-aasikaso…..Look at our Maguindanao Massacre?…Pustahan tayo…may Divorce Bill na eh hindi pa nagagawan ng justice ang Maguindanao Massacre???
    “Hindi sasala ang sandok sa palayok!”…Just my 2 cents of opinion!

  • Felix

    The defence will argue that the dead man is a soldier whose life has been prepared for an eventuality and what happened was just at a different time and place and circumstances; what happened was brought by burst of emotions; the life of the dead cannot be restored by wasting the lives of the accused; justice should be served in a way a dead soldier is honored with just compensation to the orphaned family. Settle out of court. Is this possible? 

    • panhase

      What? This bunch of 4 cowards ganged up on an unarmed person and you think the right way to settle is to say “sorry na lang”?
      He was a soldier, yes. I was a soldier also when i was young but does it mean it´s ok to kill me or any soldier? We are not humans?
      They decided to do what they did, it was not a split second when they run after him to kill him. They had time to stop. They did not need to draw their weapons against an unarmed man. They choose to.
      They have to take responsibility of their actions. They are not kids. In the Philippines there are already enough spoilt brats roaming around, believing they are above the law. These guys do not belong on our streets.

    • Pitbulldog

      Your logic is definitely wrong.  You will not hear anyhting from the Americans had their compatriot died at the hands of terrorists, say while assigned in the South.  This man died at the hands of Filipino civilians.  No matter how you justify these culprit’s actions why they killed hime, they have committed murder, period. They were so bold enought to commit the crime, then they should be men enough as well to face the consequences.  It should be life sentence without parole.

    • totan

      sir Felix, kung wife mo ang pinatay, would you agree to settle the case out of court.  Anyway, you can easily find another wife.

  • ADD

    According to the CCTV, the case should really be homicide. If they push for murder they will have a hard time convincing the court on it. And if the suspects get acquitted because of technicality, US-RP relations could get a bruising.

  • jurbinsky77

    “Brutal, senseless rape of Filipinas by Americans inside Philippine territory”, I thought would appear somewhere in the news-article .

    The Americans must be thinking of extraditing those criminals as they surreptitiously took the charged rapist away from the Philippine justice.

    The Filipinos are being abused in North America because of the impression that we are not capable of hurting anyone. Verbal abuse from comedians, beibers, athletes are constant. That carrola attacked pacquiao on air and then he progressed to the slander the nation by labelling the women as all prostitutes. I openly asked someone who will see him to plant a knife into carolla’s belly. That will be a signal to the world that Filipinos in general respect others and therefore are entitled to some token of respect too.

    That arrogant “anikow” forgot that he is in another country. Probably not, he must be well aware that he is in the Philippines. Knocking violently on the car’s hard top or on the windshield or on the hood, is considered a physical insult. Parang “nakaka-lalaki”. He should not be killed because of his mentality that it is alright for him to treat an adult Filipino like a small child. When the next rapist comes around, don’t let his consular officer to take him before you either write a six-letter word on his back or castrate him with a batangas fan knife.

    • Joe Kano

       Let’s just deal with reality.

      • jurbinsky77

        Is there any “unreal” about one’s opinion and exercise of freedom of expression?

        By the way, you seem to have forgotten the case of a Filipina who was raped by an American service man? What justice did she get?

      • Joe Kano

        Your attempts to connect two unrelated cases and suggestion that one from years ago should for some reason be referenced in this article are unreal.

        And as I recall, the claims in the case you obsess about were highly disputed, and the “victim” recanted and got a free ride to America.

        You don’t hear her complaining about any lack of justice, but a few with very selective memories just can’t let it go.

    • Alexander Aamproz

      jurbinsky77 . Your comment is toxic, shame on you

    • panhase

      What, you think planting a knife in the belly will gain respect and it will be a sign that  Filipinos respect others? Do you know the meaning of the word respect? With what kind of twisted values did you grow up?
      Knocking on a car is considered a physical insult? And that would justify to kill somebody?
      Are you sick?
      And you would like to justify a crime because someone else committed another crime?
      The case of Akinow and the Filipina who had been raped are not connected.
      And by the way she was known as Nicole. I don´t know if it is ok to spell her real name but it seems you do not remember.
      Anyway Akinow did not play a role there and this 4 scumbags didnt not kill him to defend the honour of a Filipina. From what we know they would be the kind of guys who have had raped her themselves.
      And you are talking about respect?
      How old are you?

  • joboni96

    ‘as “a brutal, senseless attack” on “an unarmed, innocent man”

    mga imperyalistang u.s.
    sub judice na iyan

    mga mass murderer nga sa u.s.
    di niyo mapigilan

    20 mga inosenteng bata
    pati 6 na guro nila
    biktima na naman

    better wording

    ‘napaslang lasing na pakialamerong cia agent’

    buttoff imperialists
    di pa ninyo kami nakolonya ulit

    • Joe Kano

      alis ka na lang

      nakakainis ka

      • joboni96

        asar talaga
        mga kolonisadong utak

    • Crisanto

      Its good to see you are not like most of the people here who look at the Americans as the ultimate human beings….

      • joboni96

        americans are basically decent people

        not expressed by their
        1% democracy, military-industrial government

  • Crisanto

    Mayayabang galit sa kapwa mayabang.

    What if , if Anikow killed an ordinary Filipino? Will most of you will write here that he will rot in jail? Obviously no, right? Because most of you has a mentality that Americans are good and above all human beings..

    I’ve been living here in the US since grade school. Most of the people here are as ignorant as most of you or even worst…..

    Most of you still thinks that America is beautiful and rich… To tell you the truth US is broke…… most streets here are filthier than streets in Santa Cruz Manila….

    Both you and me were not there when the incident happened so how can we tell if Anikow did not provoked those individuals? Can anyone of you answer that?

    Sad to say he was killed but it doesnt mean he was innocent…..

    Keep an open mind…..

    In a court of law, anyone is presumned innocent unti proven guilty….

  • mangtom

    CrisantoCollapseReally? Marines are trained to kill? Come on….Sagut kay Crisan-demonio: Yes, they are trained to kill real men, unlike you na shioki. So you are safe.Your statement that you live in Illinois is as true as my statement that I live in the White House-ha-ha-ha. Do know, little boy, what the farmer said to the dead horse? He said, “No more sh!t out of you.”You can’t impress me by your lies.

    • Crisanto

      I cant argue with you anymore because you are senseless and old without wisdom… I feel sorry for you…..

      By the way… Where is your email address so I can send you where I live and some photographs and documents that I am here in the US ? 

      Come on you are the one who is a liar….

      See you cant even be true to yourself….

  • mangtom

    Cris-demonyo: So you live in Illinois-BIG deal.Ha-ha-ha. Ako I live in the White House-tagalinis ng kubeta ni Obama? gusto mo padalahan kita ng photo? Sabi mo padalhan mo ako ng photo-malay ko kung kanikaninong photo yon. Kung pininpintasan mo ang Illinois, bakit hindi umuwi sa Payatas? Masarap siguro ang hotdog – ng parish priest mo.

    Just get out of my face, you creepy jerk.

  • mangtom

    Cris-demonyo=joboni96. Kambal. Same goofy mentality.

  • mangtom

    Tanong ko sa mga “four murderers: masaya ba ang magPasko sa Muntinglupa? Ha-ha-ha.

    Kumain kami ng tuyo lang sa Noche Buena, pero buenas pa rin kami kasi we are “free” to go anywhere. Diyan lang muna kayo sa madaling panahon-like life sentence.

    Now you know kayabangan ng mga anak ng mayayaman does not pay. You do the crime, you do the time-short time only-like, maybe, forever. Ho-ho-h–belated Merry Christmas

    In a few days, New Year Na. Ang sarap siguro magcelebrate ng New Year sa kulungan. Happy New Year-you jerks!!!

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