Mom testifies for US Marine charged with murder

OLONGAPO, Philippines | AFP |  – A US Marine charged with murdering a transgender woman in the Philippines put his mother on the witness stand to start his defense Monday, lawyers said. Lisa Pemberton testified to the “good character” of her son Joseph Scott Pemberton at the...

US servicemen submit affidavit in Laude slay case

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Three US servicemen who were with Marine Pfc Joseph Scott Pemberton in Ambyanz Disco in Olongapo City the night he met Filipino transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude went to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday to submit sworn statements in connection with...

SC seeks comment on Pemberton’s proposed transfer to Olongapo city jail

BAGUIO CITY (Mabuhay) – The Supreme Court sought the side of Malacanang, the military, and the Department of Foreign Affairs on a petition seeking to transfer murder suspect US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton from Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City to the Olongapo City...

Fiscal denies pushing for Laude plea bargain deal

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Olongapo City chief prosecutor Emilie delos Santos denied suggesting a P21-million plea bargain deal in the Jennifer Laude murder case. Delos Santos told reporters in Olongapo that court records will prove there is no truth to accusations from Laude’s lawyers...

Pemberton refuses to enter plea in murder raps

MANILA (Mabuhay) — US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton refused to enter a plea in the murder charges the government filed in connection with the death of transgender woman Jennifer Laude. In his arraignment on Monday, the Olongapo Regional Trial Court entered a ”not...

Laudes ask court to review ruling on Pemberton jail transfer, media coverage

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The family of slain Filipino transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude asked the Olongapo City Regional Trial Court to reconsider its December 23 ruling dismissing their bid for the transfer of accused US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton to regular jail....

Initiate VFA revision on custody and detention provisions, Drilon urges Palace, DFA

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Senate President Franklin Drilon on Thursday urged Malacañang and the Department of Foreign Affairs to initiate the revision of the Philippines’ Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States particularly on the pact’s custody and detention provisions....

DOJ: Murder case calls for PHL custody over Pemberton

MANILA, Dec 17 (Mabuhay) – The Visiting Forces Agreement between provided for the Philippines asking for sole custody of a US serviceman in conflict with the country’s laws in “extraordinary” situations, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said on Wednesday. De Lima said Filipino...

US Marine charged with murder

By Joel Guinto Manila, Philippines | AFP | Monday  – Philippine prosecutors on Monday charged a US Marine with murder over the death of a Filipino transgender woman, in a case that has fanned anti-American sentiment and tested close military ties. Private First Class Joseph Scott...

Pemberton DNA authentic, says prosecutor

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Olongapo City chief fiscal Emilie de los Santos on Tuesday vouched for the authenticity of the DNA samples taken from the US Marine suspect Joseph Scott Pemberton. De los Santos dismissed doubts from the family of slain transgender Jennifer Laude that the...