On Saturday morning, a U.S. national currently residing in Philippines was stabbed to death in Makati.
The victim was identified as George Anikow, executive officer of the 4th Civil Affairs Group (CAG) of Regimental Combat Team 3 in Afghanistan in 2009.
While walking early morning, the four men riding in a silver Volvo that was stopped at the security gate of the Bel-Air subdivision for security check caught Anikow's attention.
Anikow joined in the conversation while the suspects were denied to enter the subdivision for not having a gate pass for the compound. Until the four men inside the car came out and confronted him. Anikow who died in hospital was stabbed repeatedly.
Friends of Anikow have already begun posting messages of condolence on the Facebook page for the 4th Civil Affairs Group. As part of this group, Anikow was trained in "Tactical Conflict Assessment Planning and Framework," a technique that was designed to assist Marines foster relationships with local populations.
But it doesn't take a CAG Marine to get the information. The method is designed to be uncomplicated so that any Marine of any rank can gather public concerns.
"You have to have people skills," said Lance Cpl. Jasmin A. Gagnon, 23, civil affairs specialist. The Falls Church, Va., native added, "It would just be awkward to walk up and ask questions without establishing a rapport."
The suspects who were caught by later by the police were identified as Crispec dela Paz, Galicano Datu III, Ospic Caburay, and Juan Abastillas. Two of them are still student in one of the Philippines prestigious school, De La Salle University. A tactical knife has already been recovered from the vehicle and the police are prepared to file charges.
Unite States Embassy to Philippines on Monday morning denounced the killing of the spouse of an American diplomat in Makati City and called for an early resolution of the case.
"We appreciate the close cooperation of the Philippine authorities in a careful and speedy investigation and prosecution of this crime, so that the perpetrators may be brought to justice, " the embassy said in a statement.
On U.S. Embassy, Manila Philippines Facebook Page they posted:
"We mourn the loss of a beloved member of our Embassy Family. Our heartfelt condolences to his family."