From the very start of this Subic Rape Case Drama, a lot of opinions were divided. Did Lance Corporal Daniel Smith really rape Suzette Nicolas or “Nicole?”
I spent six years of my adult life in Olongapo City where I worked as an engineer in one of SBMA’s former top company. Olongapo City was notorious for being the “sin city” of the central part of Luzon; the other one was Angeles City in Pampanga. When Subic closed its military base in the early 90’s, it managed to reinvent its image into a money-making industrial zone in the late 90’s.
I’ve never been to Neptune Club and never in my wildest dreams will I try to go there alone. It’s not a wholesome place where you can just sit down, dance and have a drink with your buddies. If I were looking for that kind of entertainment, I would just go to Subic Hard Rock in Olongapo or even in Pier One in Boardwalk. I wonder if Nicole and her company have the slightest idea of what kind of place Neptune is. Nobody must have warned her group that this place s-p-e-l-l-s SEX, alcohol, flirting and unwholesome fun.
Reports said that Nicole was intoxicated at the time that she was dancing with Smith; some said that it was a flirty sexy dancing. We know how alcohol can boost up our libido and the two probably agreed to make out.
It was not the kind of making out that any DECENT woman would ever try; report said that Smith had sex with Nicole at the presence of his companions and the van driver. The question on whether the sex was consensual was put into question. It could be a wild sex with a stranger or it could be a consensual sex at the start– that, only Nicole can answer.
What I can’t understand with Nicole is her American dream. If I were oppressed in a country or in a place or if I were so demoralized by a group of people, what I’m gonna do is to pick up the pieces of my life AWAY from that place or group of people. Obviously, this principle doesn’t work for her because she’s now in the States with her marine lover. Why not UK? Why not Australia? Why not Canada?
Nicole blamed the government for not helping her push through with the case–that I feel for her. But why recant her statement after various sectors showed support to her, the Gabriela group most specifically. How much deal was involved in this for her to leave her lawyers, fly with her lover and accept the PhP100,000 (or more?) to start a new life elsewhere in the US?
If Nicole’s new statement were the real one (Smith didn’t rape her) I would have slapped her in the face, throw mud at her and spit on her face. Hey, if her new statement were the real one, she’s on the risk of putting the REAL RAPE victims at risk. What is its effect on the real victims that we should be supporting?
Suzette Nicolas or Nicole, is she a victim or not? We don’t know. Only time can tell.