Recant is a word associated with the Dark Ages and witch hunts. Those accused of heresy were forced to recant their heretical beliefs to avoid burning at the stake. Even then, recantations were never taken as a belated statement of the truth but, rather, as a means to escape an even more horrible fate.
Recently, recantations have been hitting Philippine headlines. First, we have former Senior Supt. Glenn Dumlao recanting his earlier statement on the involvement of former police Senior Supt. Cezar Mancao in the killing of publicist Bubby Dacer. Now, we have headlines screaming that Subic “rape victim” Nicole has recanted and is saying there was no rape. Really?
I have read Nicole’s sworn statement in its entirety and… well, the affidavit is a legal masterpiece of manipulation. It is careful not to paint Nicole as a liar and it is even more careful in not making out Daniel Smith as a monster. What it is not is a specific denial that rape had been committed. What it does is raise doubts.