Roque: Jennifer camp not settling for P38-M, 6 US visas

By Eric Tenedero,

MANILA – The camp of the slain transgender Jennifer Laude denied the allegation that they are demanding P38 million and six US visas in exchange for dropping the murder case against US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton.

Speaking to radio dzMM, Atty. Harry Roque, a lawyer of the Laude family, said it is too late for his client to seek a settlement because the case is already submitted for resolution.

“Imposible po ‘yang prosesong ‘yan dahil ito pong murder hindi po gaya ito ng rape nung kaso ni Nicole na kahit kailan ay pwede naman talagang magkaroon ng aregluhan,” Roque said.

The lawyer was referring to the rape case in 2005 filed by “Nicole” against US Marine Lance Corporal Daniel Smith. Despite the guilty verdict of the Makati Regional Trial Court, the Court of Appeals reversed the decision after Nicole recanted her testimony. In her affidavit, the Filipina claimed that she was no longer sure if Smith raped her, suggesting that she might have welcomed the American’s sexual advances. Nicole accepted P100,00 from Smith and is now living in the US.

Roque was reacting to a newspaper report quoting defense counsel Rowena Flores who said she got the information from a reliable source.

Flores added that the new amount is separate from the P200 million being asked by the Laude family through another lawyer Virgie Suarez.

Roque clarified that the P200 million is not settlement money but the civil damages that the Laude family is asking in case of a conviction.

“Ang nais po namin ay mabayaran ito ni Pemberton matapos na mapatunayan na siya ay nagkasala pero hindi po ito settlement,” the lawyer added.

The Olongapo City Regional Trial Court Branch 74 under Judge Roline Ginez Jabalde is expected to release its verdict by September 14.

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  • Juan
    1 September 2015 at 4:12 am - Reply

    Anim na Visa, part of the settlement. In the 6 Visa, kasama ang Abogado sa travel to the US, then mag illegal alien nalang, ano ba yan. Lahat na Pinoy ay gusto mag travel dito sa Amerika. Kaya sa mga matatandang biyodo/biyoda Pinoy/Pinay,bumalik kayo sa Pinas dahil napaka dali magasawa nang batang bata. Negro pinapatulan basta maka rating sa US. Ang US green card ay parang ginto sa Pinas.

  • filam
    1 September 2015 at 9:33 am - Reply


    1 September 2015 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    You have to be kidding, if the story is true. Look to me money isn’t the main subject right now? It’s about someone that was murder. Later down the road the family can ask for money from the killer if found guilty of murder? You all have to take one step at a time. When I heard about the story, I laugh and laugh only in Philippines things like that will happen? “Money is more importing than your love one.” Shame very Shame…..

  • Santiago Del Mundo
    1 July 2016 at 6:13 am - Reply

    What really amazed me is that guys in these day and age would go to places like Olongapo and find themselves under the hospitality guised of some unknown, what it seems to be but not really what the cover of the book says, kind of romance…happy hour driven situation….When the smoke has gone down or when that beverage in your system has worn out, then you find yourself owing P200,000 +P38,000 & 6-visas…Don’t forget, Gabriela or Bayan LLC slice of the pie too! Better believe it!