MANILA - US Ambassador Philip Goldberg expressed disappointment over the turn of events in the case of an American soldier killed in a street brawl in Makati in 2012.
In an interview with ANC, Goldberg said nobody “served a day for that brutal crime.”
The diplomat is referring to the murder of US Marine Major George Anikow’s killing on November 24, 2012 at a security checkpoint in Bel-Air. The incident was partly captured in a security camera.
Charged were Juan Alfonso Abastillas, Osric Cabrera, Galicano Datu III, and Crispin de la Paz.
Goldberg noted only two suspects were convicted of homicide “but were given probation” by the trial court. The two others got scot free from any charges.
“Clearly, we are disappointed, but bemused. We don’t know why that would happen,” he said, noting they have been closely monitoring the case since Anikow was the husband of an American diplomat.
Goldberg said the Department of Justice promised the embassy there could be something done with regard to the probation.
“But it has been appealed once, and it was denied. So it looks like it’s the end of the road,” he said.
He said it’s been hard explaining to the family as to “why this happened in a case of very brutal murder.”