“I and Co-Producer Carol Palakoff first met Mike Withey, Terri Mast and Cindy Domingo in 1986 as part of a film project we hoped to bring about. We had heard of their work in their quest for justice for the murders of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, and felt strongly, as we do now, that a movie should be made describing their courageous work in proving that Marcos regime was behind the murders and confronting those who wanted to see their justice efforts fail. We were heartened by their victories in court but remain convinced that there are others who need to be held accountable. I am really looking forward to the publication of Mike’s book and hope a movie can eventually be made of this amazing story of struggle, survival and success. “ Elizabeth Daley, Dean, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California.Elizabeth M. Daley
I have known Mike Withey for many years, and have been inspired by his passion for justice. He now sheds light on a fascinating story that not only exposes how the Marcos regime murdered innocent people, but how an FBI informant was sent to the scene of the murders, and eventually testified for the hit men. As a filmmaker and storyteller, I am looking forward to reading this book, and know that Mike will do everything possible to hold those responsible for these murders accountable.Susan Saladoff
The Domingo and Viernes Story needs to be told – and Mike Withey is the perfect person to tell it. Public Justice became involved in this extraordinarily important, precedent-setting case to help find out the U.S. government’s role in these tragic murders and their cover-up. But the court dismissed the government from the suit before the truth could be known. The fact that an FBI informant was both at the scene of the murders and a direct part of the cover-up is amazing — and truly disturbing.
The U.S. government role in the Seattle murder of two young anti-Marcos labor leaders from the
Philippines tells this grisly story of how American intelligence agencies collaborate with foreign
authoritarian leaders to crush democratic opposition. Mike Withey who orchestrated the historic trial against the Marcos family on behalf of the victims has the knowledge and commitment to narrate these
extraordinary events, culminating in a great victory for the wives of these fallen heroes.
More than three decades after the Seattle murder of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes at the hands of Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, new possibilities exist for holding tyrants – including even heads of state — accountable. Keeping the story of Gene and Silme alive, not only the story of their death but the story of their lives as trade unionists, as husbands and brothers, as activists, as fighters for a democratic Philippines, will play a huge role in broadening that potential for accountability even further. Perhaps even more important, the story will expose the role that United States government agents and agencies may have played in the killing of Gene and Silme — and that exposé remains a key component of our own fight for real democracy here in the United States.Phyllis Bennis
The Charles Horman Truth Foundation supports the telling of the Domingo and Viernes Story in the hope that the complete truth of US involvement in the murders may be determined. The covert ‘hand’ of United States intelligence agencies which support brutal dictatorships, is difficult to detect and costly to investigate, even when it targets Americans and provides weapons to kill those who publically criticize and call out the crimes committed on behalf of the dictatorship. In the case of the Domingo and Viernes Story, the US Navy appears as a possible player, just as it did in the case of the deaths of my husband Charles, and fellow-American Frank Teruggi, in Pinochet’s 1973 coup in Chile. Illegal and covert acts taken by US intelligence agencies to spy on and collude in the murder of Americans on foreign soil, rather than protect their lives, must be brought to light and to justice.Joyce Horman
Mike Withey is a great lawyer and a fantastic story teller. When Mike first told me this tale several years ago I was amazed. This story of international intrigue involves murder, conspiracy, and reaches into the highest levels of government. And, the story is true. Sure to be a page turner, you will be frightened and stunned. This is a story that must be told and should be heard. I support Mike’s efforts to reach a broader audience. When you hear the story, you will too.Oliver Diaz
I look forward to the publication of The Domingo and Viernes Story and its expose of the role of the US Naval Investigative Service in providing information to the Marcos regime leading to the murders of two American citizens. The Navy had no busy spying on Americans and the idea that the FBI had an informant at the scene of the murders who testified for the murders is repugnant to me.Stephen Dundas
“When I heard Mike Withey describe his experiences in exposing and defeating the cover-up of the Marcos regime’s murders of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, the similarities between that story and what I have written about in “Assassination on Embassy Row” involving the Orlando Letelier and Ronnie Moffitt murders were striking. Both were murders committed by a repressive regime seeking to extend its murderous reach into the U.S. to suppress opposition to their regimes. I am confident Mike is as good a story teller as an human rights attorney. His description of how he and the Committee for Justice for Domingo and Viernes were obstructed in their justice efforts sent chills up and down my spine. I can’t wait to read this book!”John Dinges