US to work with PNP in probe on US Marine's murder
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED/CORRECTED) - US embassy law enforcement officials will work closely with the Philippine National Police in the probe into the killing of an inactive US Marine officer in Makati City.
(The US embassy denied an earlier version of this story which says that agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be coming to Manila to conduct their own probe. -- Eds).
The killing of American George Anikow started with just a heated argument with the 4 suspects.
Alfonso Abastillas, Crispin Dela Paz, Osric Cabrera and Galicano Datu III were on their way to Rockwell Drive in Makati at 3:55 am Saturday when the Volvo they were riding was stopped by a security guard of Bel-Air Village Makati for an inspection.
Around the same time, Anikow, a resident of Bel-Air, was on his way home when he approached the Volvo and assisted the guard in checking the identities of the four passengers.
Anikow is a U.S. Marine and a dependent of a U.S. diplomat.
He allegedly tapped the suspects' vehicle, which led to the passengers stepping down and mauling Anikow.
"Nag-interfere si Anikow. It seems hindi pinansin ng driver. Sinabi lang 'Sino ba yan?' Kaya nagbabaan kasi pinalo ng 2 beses yung sasakyan na Volvo. Nag-cause na ito ng suntukan," said P/Sr. Supt Manuel Lukban, the Makati City police chief.
The guard tried to stop the attack but failed. Anikow was able to run, but one of the passengers went after him and stabbed him in the back and shoulder.
The suspects tried to escape but were arrested by Rockwell security.
"Upon the advice of their lawyers'. tahimik sila. Hindi sila nagbigay ng statement. Hindi nila dine-deny na sila yung 4 na involved sa insidente," Lukban said.
Anikow was rushed to the Makati Medical Center but eventually died.
Police are now preparing murder charges against the suspects. Three of the suspects are businessmen, while one is a student. They were between the ages of 20-27 years old.
One of the suspects is a resident of the village beside Bel-Air and was trying to go through Bel-Air as a shortcut, according to police.
ANC TOP STORY, November 26, 2012