US envoy laments marine slay case development

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 28 2016 09:17 PM

United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg on Thursday expressed dismay over the developments in the George Anikow slay case.

"We have tried to see if there were avenues with the Department of Justice to try to do something, but quite frankly, it’s been very frustrating. Nobody has paid the price at all for that horrific death, that killing," he said in an interview with ANC's Headstart.

Anikow was a US Marine who was stabbed to death in a street brawl inside an upscale subdivision in Makati City in November 2012.

The four Filipino suspects were charged with homicide but were allowed bail in 2013, and two of the four were given probation by the trial court in 2014.

"We’ve asked and we continue to ask for some sort of re-opening of this, but it’s getting so late in the game, I don’t believe something is going to happen," said Goldberg.

He said compared to the Joseph Pemberton case, Anikow's case is very different.

"If you compare that to the case you just raised, where the rule of law did prevail, where the Visiting Forces Agreement really worked, where we helped detain a suspect, where we helped with the physical evidence involved, where court was able to handle the case within a year, and all of those things, it’s quite a contrast," he said.

Goldberg will officially leave his post as the US Ambassador to the Philippines in October, and he maintained that no Pemberton will be going home to America with him, but "when he’s eligible for parole, he’ll be eligible for parole."