Bail for Makati murder suspects granted
MANILA, Philippines - The 4 suspects in the high-profile murder of a US Marine in Makati were granted P300,000 bail, the prosecution told Rappler on Friday, February 22.
Juan Alfonso Abastillas, Osric Cabrera, Crispin de la Paz and Galicano Datu III were arrested on November 24 after a brawl outside of the upscale Rockwell residential area in Makati that resulted in the death by stabbing of George Anikow, the husband of an American diplomat assigned to the embassy in Manila.
Judge Winlove Dumayas of Makati RTC No.59 granted P300,000 bail to each of the 4 accused.
The defendants had argued in court that they should be granted bail because there was no intention to kill the victim and no abuse of superior strength, despite being 4 against 1.
Both intent and abuse of superior strength are needed to uphold the murder charge.
Despite the evidence pointing to Abastillas as the one who inflicted the fatal stab wound, prosecutors said they will maintain the murder charges against all 4 suspects.