#AceWorldNews – PHILIPPINES:Dec.15 – Philippine government prosecutors charged a US Marine with murder Monday in the killing of a Filipino transgender person, AP said.
There was “probable cause” that Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton killed Jennifer Laude, whose former name was Jeffrey, in October in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila, according to Prosecutor Emily de los Santos.
The prosecutor had filed the non-bailable charge against the 19-year-old Pemberton before a regional court, saying that “it was aggravated by treachery, abuse of superior strength and cruelty.”
#AceWorldNews – MANILA – October 27 – The Philippines is to put a US Marine on trial for killing a transgender Filipino outside a former US Navy base, Reuters reported.
Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to charge him with murder or the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton failed to answer a murder complaint by the Monday deadline set by prosecutors.
Pemberton skipped the prosecutor’s preliminary hearing in Olongapo City, north of Manila.
His lawyer, Rowena Garcia-Flores, said that any planned murder charge should be reduced to manslaughter.
#AceWorldNews – MANILA – October 24 – American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them.
The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila’s uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master. Pemberton, 19, is accused of killing Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipino, in a motel room Oct. 11 in the city of Olongapo.
He was initially held on a U.S. Navy warship at the Subic Bay Freeport, northwest of Manila, but on Wednesday he was transferred to the Philippine military’s main camp, where Filipino troops and two of his fellow Marines continue to guard him.
#AceWorldNews says the Philippines government summoned China’s top envoy in Manila on Tuesday to protest what it said was the firing of a water cannon by a Chinese government vessel to drive away Filipino fishermen.
The incident took place on January 27 at Scarborough Shoal, a rich fishing ground claimed by China and the Philippines, AP reported.
The shoal came under Chinese control after Philippine vessels backed off from a tense stand-off with Chinese ships in the area in 2012.