Mother: No one pressured 'Nicole'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 18 2009 01:17 PM | Updated as of Mar 18 2009 09:17 PM

Susan Nicolas, the mother of Subic rape case victim “Nicole,” insists that no one influenced or pressured her daughter to recant on her alleged rape by a US marine more than three years ago.

“[President Arroyo] has nothing to do with this. It was the decision of the family,” she told ABS-CBN News.

She added that it was unlikely that they would consult government since "the government has never helped us."

Nicole’s mother said that her daughter wants to move on as she is about to get married abroad.“Namanhikan ako. May pinag-aralan naman at pampamilya. Hindi naman namin tinatago na sa nangyari sa kaniya,” she said.

Susan also appealed to the public to allow Nicole to live a normal life. "She cried and cried after newspaper reports on Daniel Smith came out," she said.

Despite this, Susan said that Nicole's mind was made up when she made the letter. "Buo daw ang loob niya – doon sa letter para daw tumahimik nalang lahat.”

Nicole accused Smith of raping her at the former US naval base in Subic Bay in November 2005. Smith, 25, was convicted in December 2006 of raping the young Filipina.

However, the young woman has since signed a sworn statement casting doubt on her previous recollection that Smith had forced himself on her against her will.

The complainant also parted company with her lawyer, Evalyn Ursua, who helped government lawyers prosecute Smith.—with a report by Ces Drilon, ABS-CBN News; ANC