Press Release
April 25, 2009

Zubiri appalled with CA quick decision to acquit Daniel Smith

"I am totally disgusted with the outcome of this case.

"First of all, I feel sorry for the Filipino women who have been fighting against the abuse of their rights as this case shows that the victim retracted due to pressure from powerful and influential people.

"Secondly, it's a mockery of our justice system. I was personally hoping that the Court of Appeals (CA) would uphold the ruling of the lower court finding US Cpl. Daniel Smith guilty of raping 'Nicole'.

"I truly believe that when the victim had sex inside a vehicle with four other men around her, that she was not doing this in her own freewill. No rightful-thinking woman would agree to such act and that I was rooting for Nicole from the very beginning to win the case. So, imagine my dismay when Nicole recanted and my disgust at the ruling of the CA and the quickness of how it resolved the case. How I wish that all the cases in the CA would be resolved that quickly!

"What makes it all worst is how quick they shuttled Daniel Smith out of the country without having to go through the clearing procedures of the court. It made me think twice my position on the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA)."

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