US Marine charged in murder of Pinay transgender


Oct. 15, 2014

MANILA – The U.S. Marine suspected of killing a transgender woman in Olongapo City has been charged with murder by Philippine police.

The family of victim Jennifer Laude and their lawyer believe they have a solid case against Private First Class Joseph Pemberton.

Aside from CCTV footage, Pemberton was positively identified by witnesses from the photo line-up of the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

Based on the official medico-legal report, Laude died due to asphyxia caused by drowning.

The U.S. State Department of State says it will engage fully with the Philippine authorities on the probe.

The Philippine Visiting Forces Agreement of VFA Commission will fight for custody of the American suspect.

“We’re going to make a strong position. We’re just hoping that they would understand and consider our position,” VFA Commission Executive Director Eduardo Oban said. “If the U.S. grants us custody then it’s really a demonstration of full cooperation.”

“We express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jeffrey Laude, also known as Jennifer.,” said U.S. Department of State. “We will continue to cooperate fully with Philippine law enforcement authorities in every aspect of the investigation.”

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  • kikay Pang0
    16 October 2014 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    DOJ in the Phil. has three strikes law now . So, its Pemberton first strike…. 2 More to go Baby !!!! He’ll walk and don’t even need to step the Phil trial court … Keep crying Pinos !!!!!