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Lance Corporal Daniel Smith And RP-US Relations

February 11, 2009

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Manila and Washington D..C. are now faced with their first potentially serious bilateral politico-military wrangle: the case of Lance Corporal Daniel Smith.

Since his conviction on rape charges several years ago, Smith has been ‘imprisoned’ in special quarters right in the U.S. Embassy Complex on Roxas Boulevard.

The Supreme Court has ruled that the custodial arrangements for Smith violate the RP-US Visiting Forces Agreement.

The high court says the rape convict must now be put inside a Philippine prison.

Quite interestingly, the Supreme Court decision directs the Philippine government “to negotiate” the implementation of its edict.

In a quick sequence there’s now news that the long pending automatic judicial review of Smith’s conviction has been assigned to a division of the Court of Appeals.

The U.S. Embassy says it has now transmitted the Philippine Supreme Court decision to Washington, meaning that the issue is right on the desk of State Secretary Hillary Clinton.

With Mrs. Clinton set to embark on her first trip this weekend it may just happen that Manila will be added to her itinerary to open a space to discuss Smith’s case.

The developments are taking place against the backdrop of the World Bank blacklisting of construction firms for alleged collusive practices.

Militant groups are certain to immediately set up protest actions on the highly sensitive case of Lance Corporal Daniel Smith which now runs parallel to the WB brouhaha.

Thoroughly interesting, and trying, days ahead in RP-US relations.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. princesspinay permalink
    March 1, 2009 2:21 am

    the real victim here is smith and not that girl,im a filipina,but sorry to say this from the day one she cried raped,i don’t believed her.a decent girl won’t go out with a guy that u just met in a club, and what is she doping in the club by her self

  2. March 6, 2009 7:15 am

    princess pinay,

    It’s been revealed in media reports in the past that Nicole may indeed have been a ‘commercial sex worker’.

    But that does not mean a prostitute cannot be a rape victim.

    There are also instances of marital rape and date rape.

    In Nciole’s case there were quiet attempts by the other side to just pay her off but she rejected those offers.

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