Flon Faurillo /
Here’s the deal: Lance
Cpl. Daniel Smith and three other U.S. Marines accused in the Subic rape
case go free, and former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn “Joc-joc”
Bolante gets protected from deportation from the U.S. to the Philippines.
That way, Joc-joc is kept from having to face a Senate inquiry on the
fertilizer scam, in which some P728 million in fertilizer funds were
allegedly used for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s 2004 electoral bid.
Nicole’s mother told of having been informed of a proposed settlement on
her daughter’s case by no less than Senior State Prosecutor Emilie de los
Santos, otherwise there would be a tradeoff with Joc-joc’s case. De los
Santos has denied the allegations of Nicole’s mother, and vehemently so,
but recent developments make the question of whether or not there are
moves to make a tradeoff worth asking.
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