“Hindi ako nakatulog nang gabing yun (I was not able to sleep that night),” she said. “Naawa ako sa babae.” (I felt sorry for the girl.)
It was only in the afternoon the next day when she heard in the news about the alleged rape involving six U.S. servicemen. It was only then, she said, that she realized she has witnessed a crime.
“Hindi ko akalain na aabot ito sa ganito (I did not realize that it will come to this),” she said. “Naikwento ko naman sa mga kaibigan ko yung nalalaman ko pero ayoko na sanang masangkot dito sa gulo kaya hindi na ako nagsabi sa pulis, (I have told my friends about what I know but I do not want to get involved in this mess so I did not tell the police)” she added.
But Olivia could not hide her anger at the van driver. “Hayop yung driver na yun. Sa kanya ang manibela pero wala syang ginawa,” (The driver is an animal. He has control of the steering wheel but he did not do anything) she said.
“Wag nya sabihin na wala syang nakita kasi kung may salamin siya sa harap, makikita niya lahat ng nangyari. Busog na ang bulsa nya, busog pa ang mata nya sa kakatingin,” (He cannot claim he saw nothing, his van has a rear view mirror. His pockets would be full and he would also have watched) she said.
She said the driver could just have stopped in front of a group of policemen and told them something was going on inside the van. “Napakaraming pulis nung gabi na yun. May naka-bike, naka-motor, naka-patrol, naglalakad at nakatambay,” (There were so many policemen that night. There were some on bicycles, on motorcycles, some were walking and some were simply standing by) she said.
In a separate interview, human rights lawyer Neri Colmenares, spokesperson of the Counsels for the Defense of Liberties (CODAL), said Olivia should consider testifying before the courts.
She is a credible witness on two grounds, said the lawyer. First, she has no interest in the case because she is just an ordinary person who witnessed a fact. Second, her fear for her life shows she is not a rehearsed witness, the lawyer said.
Colmenares also said her testimony is “crucial” as it corroborates earlier accounts of the victim and some other witnesses.
“First, that Olivia saw the victim being dumped links the woman to the van,” he said.
“Second, since the woman came from the van and Olivia saw the van surfing around Subic corroborates that the woman was raped while going around the area,” he added.
Third, Colmenares said the second condom (the first condom being the one recovered by police investigators) proves that it was “gang rape.”
“The second condom would further raise the nature of the crime to gang rape because it shows that it was committed by at least two persons,” he said.
However, Colmenares said the crime committed is still considered heinous “whether or not it was only one of them who penetrated the victim.”