Formerly known as simply “Nicole”, the Filipino woman who charged a US Marine with rape and who won a conviction in a local court, has fled to the US and recanted her testimony.

Here is the full text of affidavit:

Annex A

I, SUZETTE S. NICOLAS, of legal age. Filipino, a resident of Zamboanga City, after being duly sworn in accordance with law, hereby depose and state:

1. I am a Bachelor of Science graduate, major in Management Accounting, of the Ateneo de Davao University. Soon after my graduation, I took up nursing in 2004 at the Ateneo de Zamboanga City and at the same time assisted in managing our family owned canteen located inside the military base of the Southern Command. My mother was a civilian supervisor of the Philippine Navy for 25 years while my deceased father was a Philippine Navy Officer.

While countries worldwide are taking “extraordinary” and “bold” steps to confront the global economic crisis and the recession that grips the biggest economies, President Arroyo and Congress have agreed to resort merely on enacting a national budget for 2009 that did not consider the meltdown.

What’s in store for the Philippines in the next few months? Let’s see from an economic briefing provided by Albay Gov. Joey Salceda to President Arroyo. The briefing paper and presentation are dated Nov. 12, 2008, and I’m publishing both documents here so anyone interested may take a look and analyze them.

On Blog Action Day regarding poverty, released its list of the top 40 richest Filipinos, headed by mall mogul Henry Sy with a net worth of $3.1 billion.

Lucio Tan is second in the list with $1.5 billion. Jaime Zobel de Ayala, last year’s richest, dropped to third place with $1.2 billion.

The total net worth of the Philippines 20 richest people is $12.670 billion or a whooping P594 billion!

The sobering news is a new United Nations report also came out the next day, pointing to a very problematic occurrence — income inequality is worsening worldwide, including the Philippines.

Graphic artists are excited over the release of Adobe’s Creative Suite 4.

A blog post at ZDNet said that:

Adobe will offer numerous flavors of CS4 including editions for Design, Web, Production Premium and Master Collection. Individually, Adobe rolled out the latest editions of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash Professional and Dreamweaver among others.

This is definitely good news for students of pre-historic arts and culture.

The seizure and recovery of these artifacts will add to existing body of evidence on the existence of developed cultures in pre-colonial southern Philippines.

ANCIENT MINDANAWON: Shards seized last month in Maitum, Sarangani, are remnants from yet another Mindanawon tribe. MindaNews file photo by Rene B. Lumawag.
ANCIENT MINDANAWON: Shards seized last month in Maitum, Sarangani, are remnants from yet another Mindanawon tribe. MindaNews file photo by Rene B. Lumawag.

Filipinos are at the top of the world in terms of social networking and up there too in terms of blogging!

This is no wonder since Pinoy culture is strong on networking:

Filipino Netizens among most sociable
By Riza T. Olchondra
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 21:29:00 09/19/2008

MANILA, Philippines — You think that collectively sending about one billion text messages daily is enough for Filipinos to stay in touch? Apparently not.

In the third edition of Universal McCann’s study on social media, the Philippines had the social networking highest penetration among Internet users (83.1 percent) compared with the global average of 57.5 percent.