MANILA, Philippines – It won’t hold water. Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez and legal experts are one in saying that the statement of “Nicole” won’t necessarily work in favor of Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith who was convicted for raping a 23-year-old Filipina in 2005.
According to Gonzalez, it is unlikely that the Court of Appeals – where Smith lodged his appeal – will be influenced by Nicole’s statement and get the US serviceman off the hook. Lawyers agree. They say that while the statement could have weakened Nicole’s accusations against Smith, it remains a mere scrap of paper without any value as evidence.