Undersecretary Marius Corpus of the Department of Interior and Local Government assured supporters of rape victim “Nicole” that convicted rapist Daniel Smith is still in the Philippines and has not left the country for the United States. As a proof he showed a pictures of him and Daniel Smith with newspapers dated May 27 and June 20.
Ano ang ibig sabihin nito? Gustong patunayan ng DILG undersecretary na nasa pangangalaga pa rin ng mga awtoridad ng Pilipinas ang convicted rapist na si Daniel Smith kahit siya pa ay nasa teritoryo ng Amerika. Kung ating paniniwalaan si Undersecretary Corpus, si Smith ngayon ay nakatira sa isang 40-foot container van na nasa loob ng US Embassy grounds na sa Maynila.
Nais pang linawin ni Undersecretary Corpus ay wala na sa kanyang detention room si Smith dahil ang building na kinaroroonan nito ay ni-renovate.
Naku Maningning, may privacy na kayong dalawa ni Daniel Smith kung papayagan kang bumisita sa kanya. Pero hindi kaya mas maigi kung sa National Bilibid Penitentiary na lang siya patitirahin (stay or detain, huwag malisyoso) sa halip na sa US Embassy pa siya na teritorya ni Uncle Sam?
Daniel Smith still in RP, DILG assures victim’s supporters
Daniel Smith is still in the country.
This was what a Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) official on Thursday assured supporters of rape victim “Nicole” that the convicted rapist has not left the country for the United States.
To prove this, DILG Undersecretary Marius Corpus showed members of Task Force Subic Rape (TFSR) pictures of him and Daniel Smith with newspapers dated last May 27 and June 20.
Corpus said Smith has been living in a 40-foot container van within the US Embassy grounds in Manila, because the building where his detention room was is currently being renovated.
Smith has gained some weight and tries to get out of his depression by cooking, Corpus said.
He is also only allowed to go out of the container van for health reasons, such as sun exposure and when he goes to the gym.
All these information was made public after TFSR trooped to the DILG office Thursday morning to appeal to Corpus to allow some of their representatives to personally visit Smith at the US Embassy where he is detained.
Pangging Santos, one of the coordinators of TFSR, said they are happy that Corpus finally showed them proof that Smith is in the country.
Santos said they suspected that Smith has already left because there has not been any concrete news or evidence from the DILG that Smith is indeed here, until now.
The group was given copies of the picture, but despite this, they are still requesting Corpus to bring some of their members on his next visit to Smith.
Corpus said he will try his best to convince US authorities for some of Nicole’s supporters to visit Smith, because this is not part of the agreement between the US and the Philippines.
The agreement only allows two members of the DILG and two members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to visit Smith every now and then.
Santos said they are being vigilant about the Smith case after they heard reports that his conviction could be reversed by the Court of Appeals anytime soon. Niña Corpus, ABS-CBN News