Defense to present forensic expert as last witness in Laude murder case

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The defense for Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton will present Tuesday forensic expert Dr. Raquel Fortun as its last witness, in the hopes of establishing that the US servicemen did not kill the Filipino transgender woman Jeffrey...

Pemberton admits choking Laude to death

MANILA (Mabuhay) – US Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton admitted on Monday that he choked Jennifer Laude to death after learning that she was also a “man.” Pemberton made the admission during the hearing on Laude’s murder at the Olongapo City Regional Trial Court Branch 74....

DOJ defends move to place Akmad Ampatuan under WPP

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Department of Justice (DOJ) defended its move to place former Datu Salibo, Maguindanao Mayor Akmad Ampatuan under its custody by virtue of his Witness Protection Program (WPP) coverage. Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said Akmad is a “key...

Politics eyed in killing of alleged Binay bagman

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Police have not found any connection linking the murder of former Makati engineer Nelson Morales, alleged bagman of Vice President Jejomar Binay, to his alleged involvement in some anomalies in Makati City. At the resumption of the Senate Blue Ribbon...

US Marine: PHL has no case

Pemberton asks court to dismiss criminal charges Manila, Philippines  – A US Marine facing trial for the murder of a Filipina transgender woman urged the Philippine Department of Justice on Monday to dismiss the case against him. In a petition filed with the department, the...

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....

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...

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...

Despite challenges, US-PH ties will remain strong, says envoy

MANILA (Mabuhay) -– Despite calls to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) following the alleged the murder of a Filipino transgender by a US Marine, US Ambassador Philip Goldberg on Monday said he was certain that the two countries’ relationship will remain strong. “As I...

PH, US want thorough probe into transgender slay

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Tuesday said both the Philippines and the United States were calling for a thorough investigation into the murder of a transgender in Olongapo. “(Undersecretary Eduardo) Oban said the Philippines and US governments agreed on a thorough...
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