DNA findings bolster hate crime theory – Roque

MANILA (Mabuhay)  — Lawyer Harry Roque said the findings of authorities on the condoms found in the room where transgender Jennifer Laude was killed only bolsters the theory that the killing is a hate crime. Roque said the findings only shows that Laude and suspect Joseph...

SC denies Laude plea to intervene in EDCA cases

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Supreme Court has denied a bid from the family of slain transgender woman Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude to intervene in the pending cases against the controversial Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between the Philippines and the US. “We deny the Motion to...

No R&Rs for US soldiers in Subic

DOF says port calls cancelled due to ‘operational reasons’   MANILA (AFP) – The US Navy has cancelled visits to the Philippine port of Subic amid public anger over accusations that a US Marine killed a Filipino on the city’s outskirts, officials said Monday. Foreign...

VFA imperfect but necessary: Romulo

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario admitted Thursday that there are flaws in the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and United States, but said abrogating it at this time would interrupt the two allies’ ongoing defense cooperat...

Palace: Proper procedures to be followed in deporting Laude BF

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Saturday assured the public the proper procedures will be followed in the prospective deportation of the German fiance of slain transgender woman Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude. Presidential Communications Operations Office head Herminio Coloma Jr. said...

Absence of Pemberton’s fingerprint, DNA samples hurting Laudes’ case – lawyer

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The continued absence of US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton has started to baffle the family of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, the transgender whom he allegedly murdered in Olongapo City last October 11. Pemberton should be made to appear even to...

VFA didn’t kill Jennifer Laude – DFA

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Amid calls for the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) maintained that the accord has served the “national interest” of the country. “I think the VFA has served the national interest [of the Philippines]....

Sueselbeck on possible ban in PHL: Worst punishment for ‘stupid thing’

MANILA, (Mabuhay) – Marc Sueselbeck, the German fiancé of slain Filipino transgender woman Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, has expressed fears about being barred from returning to the Philippines should he be deported and declared an undesirable alien. At a press conference in UP...

Akbayan Rep. Bello files joint resolution seeking to terminate VFA

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden Bello on Monday filed a joint resolution calling for the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, claiming the US is using the treaty to evade accountability for the crimes its soldiers are...

US Marine says no basis for murder charge: lawyer

OLONGAPO CITY (AFP) – A US Marine accused of killing a transgender woman in the Philippines said there was no basis to charge him with murder, his lawyer told state prosecutors on Monday, in the latest development in the politically charged case. Private First Class Joseph Scott...