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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Nicole to tell court she does not trust prosecution--lawyer

By Volt Contreras -- Inquirer

THE complainant in the Subic rape case is expected to tell the court on Thursday of her "absolute loss of trust'' in the public prosecutors who have stayed on the case a week after she called them incompetent and asked for their replacement.

Evalyn Ursua, the private counsel for "'Nicole,'' said her client planned "to make official and on-record'' her continuing disapproval of the panel headed by Senior State Prosecutor Emilie Fe De los Santos.

Nicole will still not attend Thursday’s hearing but will just file a "simple manifestation'' with Makati City Regional Trial Court Judge Benjamin Pozon, Ursua said in an interview.

Nicole earlier said she wanted all the public prosecutors relieved except for Hazel Valdez. On Monday, however, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez turned down her request.

But Ursua disclosed that Gonzalez, after initially rejecting Nicole's plea, asked her on Tuesday to specify the reasons why she wanted the De los Santos-led panel out. Ursua said Nicole was preparing her reply Wednesday.

Ursua said the public prosecutors should already yield to Nicole's call "'out of delicadeza'' and "'ethics in the legal profession.''

"Among lawyers, when your client tells you that you're not trusted anymore, you say, `Okay, fine','' she explained. "Please, let us not wait for the day when we start calling it a sellout.''

Meanwhile, even Nicole's psychiatrist has joined in the fray and criticized Gonzalez and the public prosecutors for adding to her patient's anguish.

Dr. June Pagaduan Lopez said she and fellow health professionals keeping track of Nicole's case were alarmed that Gonzalez, instead of being Nicole's protector, is now "a factor in her re-traumatization.''

"We are outraged that the state prosecutors and their chief have resorted to ‘victim bashing,' calling the complainant and her mother ‘spoiled brats,' ‘ingrates,' `liars,' and worse of all, accusing (Nicole) of `imagining things' including her rape,'' Lopez said in a media statement.

"We firmly believe that because of their manifest ill will and unethical behavior, (they) have lost their moral authority to prosecute,'' she stressed.


  • This is very interesting-when"Nicole" side of the trial was presented-she was very please with the performance of her "team". Now that the Marines are presenting their side of the trial-she find her "team" are not so capable-wow. Also-this is a matter of law-her doctor/s should have taken the stand before the Marines started their part of the trial. For her doctor/s to now voice concerns is like being a Monday morning quarterback. The game has already been played and the results recorded.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/22/2006 12:08 AM  

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