US forces its will on a "friend"
U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney issued a not so subtle threat on a "friend", supposedly sovereign nation called Philippines. Now, that's not the way to threat a "friend".
MANILA (AFP) — The United States Monday cautioned the Philippines against reviewing their defence treaty, in a row over a US Marine's appeal against a 40-year jail sentence for raping a Filipina. US envoy Kristie Kenney said it was "premature to talk about reviewing" the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) while the case of Lance Corporal Daniel Smith was being scrutinised. Smith was convicted in 2006 of raping the Filipina after he took part in war games in the Philippines. He was initially sent to a local jail to start his 40-year sentence, but was later transferred to a facility inside the US embassy in Manila when the case went on appeal, triggering public outrage. The appeal has yet to be heard.
Now, if only the U.S. would respect the laws of the Philippines and hand over custody of a convicted rapist to Philippine authorities pending appeal, we wouldn't even be talking about this.
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