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last screening, the police-men themselves claimedthat Lt. Cmdr. Mejia threwit on them and he wentwild accusing the cops of setting him up.This actuation of a per-son vehemently protestingthat he was carrying an il-legal drug and vehementlyinsisting he was framed upis consistent with the natu-ral quick reaction of aninnocent man. To the con-trary, a drug user normallysubmits quietly althoughshocked. Nevertheless, the copsclaimed they prevailed
upon the military ofcer
and they brought him toa room where he was de-tained while the powder was subjected to an ini-tiatory test being done byReed.Mysteriously, whyReed submitted a resultthat the powder was posi-tive for cocaine in his “ini-
tial” test, when the nal
test by the PDEA wouldshow it was not cocaine?This particular circum-stance betrayed Reed’sintention. This is becauseit is highly improbable for two standard tests to differ from each other as to theresults.So that this debunkingof Reed’s test gives a pre-sumption that he manipu-lated the initial test for the purpose of extortion.PDEA Director IIIWilkins M. Villanueva
conrmed that the sub
-stance recovered fromMejia was not an illegalsubstance, citing the labo-ratory result prepared byPDEA’s chemist MariaTherese Anne L. Domingothat the substance in ques-tion turned out to have
negative ndings of dan
-gerous drugs.Further, it is improb-
able that a US Navy of
-cer presumed to be highly-trained than Philippine policemen and dangerousif he were indeed gettingwild at the start was es-corted only by two secu-rity guards to a comfortroom outside the cops’
Even if he were inhandcuffs, he was stilldangerous. The fact thathe was so wild from thestart, why did airport po-licemen did not ensure to prevent him from goingwild again by having him
escorted by at least vesecurity or police ofcers?
As such, this presumesthat this is improbable tohappen as a way of nor-mal life for this connotesthat the policemen and theagents are lying.In analyzing the inci-dent, Tom Martin fromTexas posts his commentsin the internet.Martin asks:
“Why would twotrained security ofcersallow a man who theyclaim was irrational walk ahead of them without any physical contact withhim?” “When the securityofcers found the comfort room was occupied whydid they not take him toanother comfort room?”“It is hard for me toimagine there is only onecomfort room at the air
port or security ofce.They claim Mejia request
ed to urinate outside. I realize it is common for Filipino men to urinateoutside, but is that some
thing an American, espe
cially an American mili
tary man would do whenhe knows it is against thelaw in every State in theU.S. and against U.S. mili
These are just talkingabout only the pieces of evidence gathered fromthe policemen and theagents. Now, if the evidencecoming from the circum-stances of Lt. Cmdr. Mejiaare to be added, the proof is overwhelming that thereis a great possibility or great probable cause thatthere occurred the crime of planting of drug evidenceor murder, punishable by alife sentence.
, why will theFilipino-American bringalong with him a white powder substance weigh-ing 0.03 grams when itwas proven it was not anillegal drug or it was notcocaine? Why?
, even if it werea cocaine, it is less riskyand cheaper for him to buythe same in California.
, he was a be-
medalled ofcer in the US
Navy and these medals areaplenty and substantive for
an ofcer like him to risk
these honors to cocaineuse.He was awarded three Navy-Marine Corps Com-mendation Medals, a Na-vy-Marine Corps Achieve-ment Medal, an Air ForceOutstanding Unit Awardwith two devices, Air Force Longevity ServiceAward, and an Air ForceTraining Ribbon.It cannot be imaginedhow can one who hasearned so many honors ina decade of service wouldsully their name with one plastic sachet of powder that turned out to be notcocaine?And if the Americanwas very sure he was notcarrying any drug and thefact that he is an extraor-dinary soldier by reason of his medals, it is more im- probable for him to think of committing suicide.If he know he was in-nocent, that was proven by the fact that the powder turned out negative for co-caine or any illegal drug,with more reason that anhonorable man like Mejiawould chose to prove hisinnocense in court to keephis name intact rather thankilling himself.
, actually, hewas slated to receive theconferment of his rank asfull commander for it has just been approved by theCongress of the USA.
, he was reported by the policemen them-selves to be carrying two passports, the ordinary oneand the diplomatic one. If he invoked the diplomatic protocol, nobody can pre-vent him from leavingeven if there was this sub-stance being a part of theconsulate of the US Em- bassy in the Philippines.
, it is prohibitedto bring out of the coun-try more than $10,000 andyet Lt. Cmdr. Mejia was bringing along $30,600 asannounced by the US Em- bassy.This means that the USgovernment authorizedhim to carry more than$10,000. But if the Navy
ofcer was required to
show or register his mon-ey, it was one way for the policemen to know he hadthat much money.
, he is a Fili- pino by blood and this factmade the policemen think they can easily cow himinto submission unlikeWhite or Black Ameri-cans.
, the alleged jumping to death of Mejiawas claimed to have oc-curred minutes after he
identied himself as an of
cial of the US Navy and
after he requested PoliceCenter for Aviation Secu-rity (PCAS) Deputy Com-mander Manuel Pintado tocall the US Embassy andsend in some representa-tives.So that it is very much probable that since US
Embassy ofcials were
fast coming, the fact of murder must not be dis-covered so that the alleged jumping to death must bestaged as a coverup.
, Planting of evidence, like prohibiteddrugs, for the purpose of extorting money is a prac-tice of authorities in thePhilippines. And extortionat the country’s premier airport is the main com- plaint of Overseas FilipinoWorkers, especially during peak season, like Christ-mas.That is why a memo-randum was issued pro-hibiting government per-sonnel assigned at theairport to greet passengers,“Merry Christmas.”The US$30,600 in the pocket of Mejia is wortha fortune to airport menwho are preying on vic-tims for easy big bucks,and this might have trig-gered the planting of evi-dence to unsuspecting USserviceman. For what’s thefuss that Mejia of bringingwith him a sachet of “ta-was?” It was a clear caseof planting fake evidenceto extract money in a veryeasy way.What is more troublingon this cocaine issue wasthe outright conclusion of Philippine Drug Enforce-ment Agency Agent IO2Edwin Reed who is as-signed at the airport. Uponseeing the sachet contain-ing of white substance,Reed immediately con-
rmed that it was cocaine.
Are government men fondof working with each other for the purpose of gainingextra fortune aside fromthe pay they received fromthe government?When Mejia askedfor a call to representa-tives of the US Embassyin Manila, did DeputyCommander Pintado re-ally trouble himself tomake a call? Or the callwas made only after Me- jia jumped or pushed tohis instant death to cover the would be US$30,600extort try?Mejia, allegedly, whilewaiting for US represen-tatives, asked that he beallowed to answer to thecall of nature. Because thecomfort room at PCAS of-
ce was occupied, Mejia
was escorted by police-men SPO2 Roberto D.Figueras and SPO1 MateoAguilas to the parking lotto urinate.Allegedly, in handcuff and walking ahead of hisescorts, Mejia ran away
and jumped head rst to
his death from the 10 feet
high second oor stairwell
of the airport.This storytelling of Figueras and Aguilas isquite suspicious for they
are trained police ofcers.
They are trained to pacify and secure a victimor suspect in a crime.
Fall from ten feet cannot kill
Analyzing the circum-stances as written above,it is too improbable for Lt. Commander Mejia tohave committed suicide bymeans of jumping to deathfrom 10 feet high.That is, even as hewas in handcuffs whenthe jumping occurred, presuming that he indeed jumped from the second
oor of the airport.
Ten feet is lower thana basketball ring that is placed at an elevation of
12 feet from the oor of
the court.Any fall from 10 feetis too improbable to resultin the death of the jumper.That is even if what hitthe pavement below is thehead. No basketball player has ever died because of a fall after having beentripped on the air whileattempting to dunk on thering. The most damagethat have occurred weretorn ligaments or broken bones.So that if it is too im- probable for death to occur by reason of a fall from 10feet, it becomes all themore clear that the Ameri-can soldier did not commitsuicide: but that he wasmurdered before the al-leged jump.So that in all probabili-ties, he was already dead before Mejia could take a jump.
American was killed insidethe holding room?
If it were too improb-able for Lt. Cmdr. Mejiato have killed himself bymeans of jumping from 10feet, the only conclusionthat can be inferred is thathe was killed inside thePCAS holding room.For he was reportedto have gone so unrulyover the sachet of powder found in his possession, itis too probable that Mejiawent wild inside the hold-ing room that he may have
attempted to ght back
physically when he triedto assert his innocence.And this assertion of innocence must have oc-curred when airport lawenforcers tried to extortfrom him.It was very possiblefor him to assert his in-nocence mainly becausehe was strong in his faiththat he did not carry any il-legal drug and this can beattested to by the fact thatthe said powder turned outto be negative of any ille-gal substance.So that it was also verymuch possible that whilehe was engaging airport policemen in a physical
ght, his head might have
been banged on a concretewall that caused him to pass out.Another possibility isthat the envelope contain-ing $30,600 must have been taken away fromhim and he fought to get
IS IT MURDER?
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it back. It is possible thatin the process of wrestlingfor the money they head of the American was bangedon a concrete wall, acci-dentally or otherwise.Whatever occurred,there is no other possi- bility except that he waskilled in the holding roomand was taken outsidewhile he may have barely passed out to be droppedon the pavement on theground.
CCTV camera may be the key
It was not reportedwhether there was aclosed-circuit televisioncamera inside the hold-ing room or in the vicinitywhere the American felland from where he fell.However, if there was aCCTV, it is the only thingthat can exonerate the air- port cops and the PDEAagent or conclusively prove that he was indeedmurdered.The problem, however,is that it has not been an-noucned whether therewas a CCTV camera inthose two locations insidethe NAIA old terminalfrom the time Mejia wasarrested at 7:00 p.m. of December 26 up to thetime he was reported tohave jumped to his death.Unless a camera cover-ing these areas comes outto show that the Ameri-can indeed jumped to hisdeath, the airport police-men and PDEA agents in-volved may be convictedon circumstantial evidence because the motive isclear: money.Whatever, all the piec-es of evidence so far thatcan be obtained as nar-rated above are enough toconvict these airport copsand PDEA agents on gravemisconduct for violating
their ofcial functions.
US Navy steps into investigate
It has been reportedthat aside from a separateinvestigation conducted by the Pasay City police,the US Navy has alreadysent its team of experts toexamine the body of Me- jia and gather informationand documents pertainingto the death of Lt. Cmdr.Mejia.The investigation willnot last long if the footag-es captured by the CCTVcameras at the airport are provided and reviewedfrom the entry of Mejiato the Airport, the timeof his arrest at 7:00pm onDecember 26, up to hisalleged act running awayfrom his escorts and jump-ing to death.
Mejia arrived in thePhilippines on December 25, 2010 to witness theFilipino traditional way of celebrating Christmas.
His ight back to Los
Angeles, California on
Philippine Airlines ight
PR112 was on December 26, 2010.It was also reportedthat Mejia was confronted by Aviation Security Spe-cialist Jose Saul Villegasdue to a plastic sachet con-taining white substancewhich was detected by theairport’s X-ray machine.The report added thatMejia went berserk whileshouting he was framed.He was then arrested and brought to the 1st PCAS
ofce for questioning.
In the morning of De-cember 27, 2010, they saidthat Mejia asked Pintadoto call the US Embassy inManila.They added that Mejiaalso asked that he be al-lowed to answer the callof nature, but because thecomfort room at PCASwas occupied, he was es-corted by SPO2 RobertoD. Figueras and SPO1 Ma-teo Aguilas to the parkinglot for him to urinate.Around 5:00 a.m.,they said that Mejia ranaway from his escorts and jumped from the second
oor’s 10 feet stairwell of
the airport.They added that Mejiawas taken immediately toSan Juan de Dios MedicalCenter where he died at6:45 a.m.The US Embassy sentan attaché, Joey McGee, tocoordinate with Philippineinvestigators handling thealleged suicide incident.What a heck of a job,men?to charge other crimesfrom the prosecutors or
To ensure rigid andfair decision, the 23 jurors picked to servethe Grand Jury for sixmonths shall be hiddento the public so that they
cannot be inuenced.
The second bodyshall be the Trial Jury.It shall have the power to adjudge whichclaims are true andwhich are not. Com- posed of 12 jurors and twoalternate jurors, the TrialJury shall be kept in secret places until the usually-one-week trial ends in case
the accused are inuential
persons. After decidingwho are saying the truth,the judge in their courtshall apply the law on the jury’s decision. Although
at times, trial jury nullies
the law if they felt it is aninjustice.Fairness is assured inthese two juries becausethe members shall beinterviewed and cho-sen from 150 people
rafed off from the vot
-ers’ list. The selection process will determinewho among those pickedfrom the voters’ list have
sufcient capability to
discern what is true fromfalse and who are themost neutral or who hasno interest.In jury, for sure theFilipinos, Muslims or not, will have no worry.