MANILA: ‘ Dozens of Activists Burn Mock US Flags Demanding Washington Hand-Over Marine Implicated in Transgender Killing ‘
#AceWorldNews – PHILIPPINES (Manila) – October 14 – Dozens of activists burned a mock U.S. flag as they protested at the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Tuesday, demanding that Washington hand over to the Philippines a Marine implicated in the killing of a transgender Filipino that the demonstrators labelled a hate crime.
Dozens of Activists Burn Mock US Flags Demanding Washington Hand-Over Marine Implicated in Transgender Killing ‘
Jeffrey Laude, 26, was found dead, apparently strangled and drowned, beside a toilet bowl in a motel room in Olongapo city, north-west of Manila, shortly after he checked in with a Caucasian man late Saturday.
The foreigner, who escaped, was described by witnesses as a U.S. Marine who had met the victim in a bar, police said.
U.S. Marine spokesman Col. Brad Bartelt said a Marine was being held on board the USS Peleliu in the Subic Bay free port, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Manila, in connection with a joint U.S. Navy and Philippine police investigation into Laude’s death.
About 3,000 U.S. Marines and Navy sailors concluded two weeks of military exercises with Filipino counterparts Friday and were to leave the Philippines this week.
But Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said he was assured by U.S. Pacific commander Adm. Samuel Locklear, who was in Manila for security talks with Philippine defence officials, that the Peleliu and other Navy ships would stay in the Philippines pending an investigation into the killing.