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Guard recounts US Marine Anikow’s slay

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The four suspects in the Anikow murder case leave the courtroom after Thursday’s hearing.

MANILA, Philippines—The security guard who witnessed the fatal assault on US Marine Maj. George Anikow in Makati City testified in court on Thursday, recounting the predawn “rumble” between the American and four Filipino men.

Jose Romel Saavedra, however, admitted that he did not see who exactly among the four suspects stabbed Anikow, the husband of an American diplomat then posted in Manila, at a checkpoint in Bel-Air subdivision near Rockwell Center on Nov. 24 last year.

Requiring a translator, the Southbend Security employee spent about four hours on the stand at the sala of Judge Winlove Dumayas of Makati Regional Trial Court–Branch 59, as the main prosecution witness in the murder case being monitored closely by the US Embassy.

He said a cheerful and drunk Anikow approached him coming from P. Burgos Street around 3:50 a.m. on Nov. 24, asking for the time Gate 4 on Rockwell Drive will open.

With Anikow still around, Saavedra then stopped an approaching Volvo SUV and asked the driver—suspect Juan Alfonso Abastillas—where he and his three companions in the vehicle were going.

It was at this point, he said, that Anikow butted in and, with a firm voice, told the suspects: “Present your ID. The guard is checking you. Respect the guard, respect the guard.” Abastillas then turned to Saavedra and asked: “Sino ba ’yan (Who’s he?)”

Saavedra said he asked Abastillas to excuse Anikow’s behavior for he was drunk, and that he tried to create space between the two men by slightly pushing the American back.

As he removed the road cones to let the vehicle pass, Saavedra recalled, he heard a loud tap on the vehicle. Asked to describe how loud it was, he pounded the judge’s table.

An exchange of foul words then ensued between Anikow and the Filipinos, he said. Abastillas then moved the Volvo around five meters away from the checkpoint and the four Filipinos got off the vehicle.

Saavedra said Anikow then punched one of the accused, knocking him to the ground. Saavedra said he tried to intervene but the fist-fight had begun.  He also thought of protecting the shotgun he was carrying since one of the brawlers might grab it.

Anikow then ran toward P. Burgos but two of the suspects chased him, quickly followed by the other two. Saavedra said he still did not know that Anikow was stabbed at that point.

Returning to their vehicle, the suspects then told the guard: “Gago ’yan (he’s crazy),” referring to the victim, and drove off toward Estrella Street. Saavedra then radioed for help as

Out to prove them guilty is public prosecutor Hannah Arriola. PHOTOS BY NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

Anikow lay bloodied on the pavement.

An ambulance came for the American 30 to 40 minutes later, he said, adding that Anikow was still breathing when he last checked him before he was taken to the hospital.

In an interview after the hearing, defense lawyer Jay de Castro said, “What’s good here was that we were able to show through Saavedra’s testimony that sufficient provocation and unlawful aggression started from Anikow.”

The lawyer also noted that “Mr. Anikow (who was described by Saavedra to be about six feet tall) was much heavier, bigger, taller than each of the accused, such that abuse of superior strength (a factor in proving murder) could not apply.”

But Hannah Arriola, the lone public prosecutor in the case, said: “They can say George Anikow was the one who started (the fight) or that it was the guard who was at fault because he did not stop Anikow or failed to use the necessary force to stop him. They can say it was the fault of the ambulance for not arriving on time.”

“But at the end of the day, if they (the accused) did not stab him, if they did not gang up on him, there will be no need for an ambulance,” she said.


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  • i_am_filipino

    If there was no plan to kill, why in video shown that they chased and evilly stabbed him to death. Lawyer vs video? non in the history would someone win against the video. If you are born evil, you are evil forever and must be perished.

    • kanoy

       THEY ARE GUILTY AS SIN THERE IS REALLY NO QUESTION OF THEIR GUILT, THEY ALL HAD KNIVES OR SPIKES ALL WITH HIS BLOOD ON THEM, MEANING THEY ALL STABBED HIM, THERE WAS NO SINGLE STAB BUT AN ACCUMULATION OF STAB WOUNDS THAT LED TO HIS DEATH DUE TO BLOOD LOSS, HE BLED TO DEATH, MAKING THEM ALL RESPONSIBLE THE QUESTION IS WHAT CHARGE 2ND DEGREE MURDER OR VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER,,,IF THEY GET OFF LIGHT DUE TO THEIR MONEY…..I WOULD NOT WANT TO BE A FILIPINO OFW IN THE USA,,,THAT WILL GIVE SOME NUT AN EXCUSE

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

        whoa. now you guys are writing a novel. knives and spikes? now they’re a medieval lynch mob? ano sila? member ng GWAR? san ang spikes? mga nagbubutas lang ng gulong sa guadalupe may spikes. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

        nuts never need an excuse. there have been and will continue to be hate crimes. please. this was not racially motivated. anyone who did that would have been killed by those maniacs. 

      • kanoy

        VIDEO DOESN’T LIE. The CCTV footage shows the moment when one or two of the suspects stab Anikow with a tactical knife in front of the Rockwell security checkpoint beside the Bel-Air gate in Makati.
        Police recovered from the suspects a tactical knife used in the crime. They consider the case as murder.

        One can understand getting beat up in a brawl. But to wield a knife in one is just so, well, Pinoy. For a nation that idolises boxers, one wonders why the idea of fighting fair mano-y-mano seems lost in the typical Filipino male

        The DOJ said there was a “notorious inequality of forces” when the suspects ganged up on Anikow, who once served in war-torn Afghanistan as a civil affairs officer. According to Saavedra, the suspects told him not to squeal on the incident and cautioned him against taking down the plate number of their vehicle.

        The husband of a diplomat was the father of 3, the last relative of a diplomat killed in the Philippines only done 17 years before he received a Presidential pardon

        Anikow, of Monmouth, N.J., served eight years as an infantry officer on active duty after his commissioning in 1994 and was working as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee in a joint billet with the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
        He received numerous military awards, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, two awards of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, three awards of the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

        Help yourself China the Philippines defected from the U.N. in Iraq she is all alone

  • okabato

    30 minutes of waiting for an ambulance is too much for a dying man, makati medical center is just five minutes away by taxi nobody in his right mind will wait for an ambulance nowadays in metro manila any available transportation will do like tricycle jeepney or taxi will do.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

      lifeline ba kamo? the ambulance where i used to hold membership and when i asked for a bandage from one of their nearby stations to change my wound dressing, they took all this time to debate and in the end said that they can’t do that as they are an emergency service etc….

      • kanoy

         SO YOU WENT TO SM AND SPENT P5? YOU MUST NOT HAVE ANY CHILDREN……KIDS ARE ALWAYS GETTING CUTS & SCRAPES WHILE PLAYING,,,WE GOT 3 AND ALWAYS HAVE ROLL GAUZE 4X4 PADS IODINE BAND AIDS TAPE HANDY….AN AMBULANCE IS NOT A DRUG STORE ON WHEELS

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000405903680 Garo Ungaro

      If you want to survive in case like this: first you have money…second you have money
      third you have money…even then, if u did not make, it still you pay. thats the reality in our society… Money…or you die?…thats already midnight not much traffic, how much more in the morning time…In the US response time is 5 to 10 minutes … 30 to 40 minutes ur dead already…MONEY…its business, nothing is free even in medical emergency…They will still charge you..

      • kanoy

         ??????MONEY???? NO….EFFICIENCY….FOR IT TO BE MONEY THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN THERE UNDER 10 MINUTES,,,,FOUND OUT YOU WAS BROKE,,,,,THEN LEFT YOU THERE

        A RP CHOPPER FLIES AT THE SAME SPEED OF A US CHOPPER

  • judecastro2011

    Let us not forget that Anikow was an American Marine, trained under the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program of the U.S. Marines, perhaps even trained to kill. What we fail to see here is how he threatened the lives or limbs of the four suspects when he gave the first blow. This is very clear from the testimony of Saavedra. Such that, as regards Arriola’s comment, there’s a hint of concession that the case does not qualify as murder at all.

    • kanoy

       YOU WANT TESTIMONY? HERE IS TESTIMONY
      HE PUNCHED 1
      HE WAS PUNCHED BY 4
      HE WAS GUILTY OF ASSAULT ON 1
      WHO SHOULD HAVE CALLED THE COPS AND PRESSED CHARGES HE HAD 4 WITNESESSES
      THE 3 OTHERS HE DID NOT HIT ASSAULTED HIM
      HE COULD HAVE PRESSED CHARGES
      HE USED ZERO WEAPONS ONLY HIS HANDS THE GUY HE HIT COULD HAVE USED EQUAL FORCE,,,,HIS HANDS
      THE THREAT ENDED WHEN HE RAN
      THEY BECAME THE THREAT ON HIM
      IF HE COULD KILL WITH HIS HANDS LIKE RAMBO AS YOU SUGGEST
      THE MAN HE HIT WOULD BE DEAD
      NOT CHASING AFTER HIM WITH A KNIFE BACKSTABBING

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000405903680 Garo Ungaro

      Judge…When you knowingly,recklessly,negligently,purposely…kill somebody thats MURDER 1..no matter how big or small u are?…all the elements for Murder 1 are present…the culpability of the accused is very strong…If, this was a Pinoy…maybe, but thats US citizen and US marine at that, connected with the US embassy…thats a hard case MONEY can buy…? sorry Judge…

      • kanoy

         NO!!!!!>>>>all the elements for Murder 1 are present…the culpability of the accused is very strong<<<>>>PREMEDITATION=PLANNING!!!

        THEY ARE GUILTY AS SIN,,,MURDER 2=NON-PREMEDITATED KILLING FROM AN ASSAULT IN WHICH THE DEATH OF THE VICTIM WAS A DIRECT POSSIBILITY….A TACTICAL KNIFE IN THE BACK IS JUST THAT THEY ACTED AS 1 SO IT MATTERS NOT WHO DEALT THE FATAL BLOW…HE BLED TO DEATH THEY ALL MADE HIM BLEED

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    ‘Respect the guard, respect the guard.” 

    respect the pilipino, respect the pilipino
    when you’re in our country

    huwag bastos
    akala mo ata 1908 pa

    Hannah Arriola

    good model for the mercenary abogagong
    kolonisadong utak

    sigurado u.s. visa
    at scholarship ito

    the long sought u.s. dream of
    1% democracy
    controlled by the u.s. military industrial complex

    • kanoy

       ENJOY POVERTY ENJOY IGNORANCE PASS IT ALL ON TO YOUR CHILDREN ALL 13 OF THEM

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        masyado kang believe sa b-yag ko
        supot kasi ang kanoy

        malayo pa sa isang dosena

      • kanoy

         EH? EUNUCHS HAVE BALLS? BUT I THOUGHT YOU ASEXUAL WHERE CASTRATED BEFORE PUBERTY?

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        very familiar ka sa mga eunuchs

        takes one to know one
        hhhhhhhe

      • kanoy

         OF COURSE I AM FAMILIAR WITH EUNUCHS
        IF YOU WAS TO READ YOUR BIBLE YOU WOULD BE AS WELL, JUST TURN TO MATT 19:12 KJV AND ENJOY THE WORD OF GOD

        For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    kanoy cia
    padre damaso style naman

    ginagamit ang relihiyon
    sa pangongolonya

    • kanoy

       AHHH AMPATUANS STEP DAUGHTER SPEAKS
      SAY IT LOUD GWENDOLIN
      MY STEP DAD IS INNOCENT!!
      THAT’S A GOOD GIRL
      HERE’S A BISCUIT

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        kolaning praning



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