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 Marine offered plea deal

PHL court gives L/Cpl Pemberton chance to avoid murder trial that could net him 40 years in jail Olongapo , Philippines |AFP| – A Philippine court on Tuesday offered a plea bargain to a US marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipina, according to lawyers, in a case that...

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...

More abandoned Amerasians feared as US troops come back to PHL

By Jason Gutierrez ANGELES  (AFP) – When the last US ship pulled out of the Philippines’ Subic naval base more than two decades ago, a desperate young woman’s hopes of finding her father sailed away with it. Beirut Calaguas, now 44, is among the tens of thousands of “Amerasians”...

Breakup rumors hound Louise, Enzo anew

Another showbiz couple has purportedly called it quits: Kapuso actors Louise delos Reyes and Enzo Pineda. If rumors are true, this would be the second breakup for the two, after having mutually decided to split up for the first time in March last year. It was Enzo who made public...

Cybersex: Philippine outsourcing boom’s dark underside

By Cecil Morella OLONGAPO, December 13, 2010 (AFP) – Girls and women acting out the sexual fantasies of online voyeurs around the world are part of a worrying offshoot to the Philippines’ booming outsourcing industry, authorities say. Cybersex dens are a growing...