WHAT A MOCKERY OF LAW!
By Erick San Juan
Nearly everybody got stunned, if not angered by the recantation of Ms. Suzette Nicolas, who, for some time, caused the clock of USMC’s Lance Corporal Daniel Smith to stop dead and destroying his future, even if he did time within the comfortable confines of the US Embassy in Manila.
No doubt, she made a mockery of the Philippines’ justice system. In a way, Suzette’s treasonous caper also exposed the naivety of the entire Filipino nation, which was handily taken for a ride by a lady whose moral reputation is under question.
But if we were to draw any consolation from this malady, her greed for a mere $2,000 and a US visa somehow agitated persistent calls for a serious review of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which Filipinos regard as a “treaty”, but is just an “executive agreement” in as far as the United States is concerned.
However, to make the Philippines more relevant to the national interest of the United States in relation to its’ security concerns, our legislators ought to trigger an immediate renegotiation, if not the abrogation of the RP-US Mutual Defense Pact, which exclusively serves our big brothers as a one-way street.
And the time to do it is now.