Moments after the guilty verdict of Judge Benjamin Pozon against US Marine Lance Corporal Daniel Smith was read out in Makati Regional Trial Court yesterday, ABSCBN News' Ces Drilon was in an automobile interviewing the Subic Rape complainant, a 22-year old Filipina woman who had just been shown on television and her real name mentioned in the televised coverage.
At one point, Ces Drilon said that Nicole was 99% sure the verdict would be in her favor. I guess all is forgotten and forgiven about that business of her mother and she wanting to fire the entire Prosecution Team that apparently hadn't sold out or anything like that.
I recorded the audio portion and you can listen to an MP3 of "Nicole" being told by Korina Sanchez that she had just been outed on national television.
MP3: Nicole Interviewed By Korina Sanchez After Rape Verdict Promulgated
You can also listen to my audio recording of Judge Pozon's decision being read.
Subic Rape Case Decision Part 1
Subic Rape Case Decision Part 2
Subic Rape Case Decision Part 3
Subic Rape Case Decision Part 4
I published the real name of Nicole yesterday as part of my coverage of the decision being promulgated. There may be other opinions about this now, considering that Nicole indicates her preference that her privacy be respected.
Does the public have any right to know who "Nicole" really is, now that the country's largest nationwide TV network has publicly revealed her identity?
Has "Nicole" become a "public figure"?
Are the details of her life now fair game for a Media and Public that has insisted on its Right to Know everything there is to know, by hook or by crook?
What standards ought to apply?
Media Ethicist Rachel Khan (Khanterbury Tales) has some definite ideas worth looking at and thinking about. Saw her on TV after the promulgation.
But Former Vice President Teofisto Guingona grumbles that the glass is only One Fourth Full. He wasn't happy that three of the accused U.S. Marines were acquitted of the Subic rape charges and have already left the Philippines. Never mind that Judge Benjamin Pozon found no evidence to find those three to be principals, accomplices or accessories to the crime. A literal tug of war over Daniel Smith between US Embassy personnel and Philippine National Police ensued in the Court room right after the promulgation. He is now in the Makati City Jail although a Note Verbale from the US Embassy has reportedly asked that a return to the status quo before the decision be made and custody returned to it.