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Mother of US Marine Pemberton testifies in murder trial

Aug 17, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Lisa Pemberon said by court officials to be a 44 year old nurse is the first defense witness in the case of alleged murdered transgender Jeffrey Jennifer Laude

Joseph Scott Pemberton | Photo by Rappler

Marc Sueselbeck's open letter to the Filipino people

Mar 04, 2015 - 4:58 PM

UPDATED I wanted to write you to ask for help from anyone who can help me to speak to the government to give me leniency I would be eternally grateful to you

DNA test: Condoms in motel not from Laude, Pemberton

Nov 28, 2014 - 7:04 PM

The Laude family s lawyer however says the negative DNA test doesn t prove that Joseph Scott Pemberton didn t murder Jennifer Laude

OLONGAPO MURDER. CCTV footage shows the victim, Jennifer Laude, and the suspect, US Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, before the crime allegedly happened in a motel in Olongapo City.

PNP takes DNA samples from Pemberton

Nov 06, 2014 - 7:34 PM

The buccal swabs and latent fingerprints will be used as part of the preliminary probe into US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton

Laude murder: DNA testing for Pemberton okayed

Nov 05, 2014 - 6:52 PM

Prosecutors direct the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory to carry out the gathering of samples for forensic analysis and DNA testing

AFP to award Pemberton's Filipino guard

Oct 25, 2014 - 4:42 PM

Technical Sergeant Mariano Pamittan who was shoved by Jennifer Laude s fiancé following the Olongapo murder suspect s transfer to Camp Aguinaldo will be cited for his professionalism and restraint

TO BE AWARDED. TSg Mariano Pamittan will be given a plaque of recognition by AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang for his professionalism and discipline despite being assaulted during the intrusion incident involving Jennifer Laude's fiancé, Marc Sueselbeck on October 22. Photo by Cpl Alan Villapando/Public Affairs Office, AFP

Laude family seeks DNA test for Pemberton

Oct 23, 2014 - 5:59 PM

The family of slain transgender Jennifer Laude says a DNA test would establish the presence of US Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton at the scene of the crime

PRELIMINARY PROBE. Julita Laude, lawyers Virgie Suarez and Harry Roque and German national Marc Sueselbeck attend the preliminary investigation on the killing of Filipino transgender Jeffrey Laude on Tuesday at the Olongapo Hall of Justice. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

US envoy: VFA makes Laude probe 'quick, successful'

Oct 23, 2014 - 12:22 PM

The US ambassador also denounces media circuses surrounding the death of Jennifer Laude a transgender Filipino allegedly murdered by a US Marine

'MEDIA CIRCUSES'? German Marc Sueselbeck, boyfriend of murdered transgender Filipino Jennifer Laude, 26, climbs the gate of the facility where Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton is detained at the Armed Forces of the Philippines headquarters in Manila on October 22, 2014. US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg criticizes this as part of 'media circuses.' Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Rappler Newscast | October 22, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 - 8:05 PM

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WATCH: Jennifer Laude's fiance, sister climb military gate

Oct 22, 2014 - 5:38 PM

They manage to enter the compound housing the US Marine accused of killing Jennifer Laude

Miriam: US Marine given special treatment

Oct 22, 2014 - 3:05 PM

Senator Santiago says the special treatment given to the US Marine betrays the discrimination bias of the PH US Visiting Forces Agreement

Despite transfer, US retains custody of Marine

Oct 22, 2014 - 12:39 PM

The US embassy insists it has the right to retain custody of Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton despite his transfer to Camp Aguinaldo The Philippines concurs

'JUSTICE FOR LAUDE.' Protestors at the University of the Philippines demand justice for transgender woman Jennifer Laude, 26, whom a US Marine allegedly murdered. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Why PH must assert sole custody over US Marine

Oct 22, 2014 - 10:49 AM

That the Philippines has to request for custody is an anomaly given that the Philippines has the right to have custody once a criminal case has been filed in court

Laude lawyer threatens to sue gov't officials for dereliction of duty

Oct 22, 2014 - 7:59 AM

The Laude family lawyer says government officials should move to seek custody over the US Marine or face the consequences

Laude's fiancé: I cannot forgive Pemberton

Oct 20, 2014 - 11:10 PM

I have more anger in my heart than probably most of the people here says the German fiancé of the transgender Filipino killed in Olongapo but says the American suspect should get a fair trial

ANGRY. German Marc Sueselbeck says he is 'not in a position to forgive' the US Marine suspected of killing his fiancé, transgender woman Jennifer Laude, but wishes the suspect gets a fair trial. Photo by Randy Datu, Rappler

Olongapo hearing to push through with or without US Marine

Oct 20, 2014 - 8:30 PM

Despite Justice Secretary De Lima s statement that prosecutors will insist on the suspect s presence the prosecutors in Olongapo seem resigned to just seeing the American s lawyer

OLONGAPO MURDER. CCTV footage shows the victim, Jeffrey Laude, and the suspect in a hotel before the crime allegedly happened in Celzone Lodge, Olongapo City.

4 US witnesses in Olongapo slay left Philippines – DFA

Oct 20, 2014 - 5:00 PM

The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs says it was not informed by the US that the 4 witnesses were leaving the country

'JUSTICE FOR LAUDE.' Protestors at the University of the Philippines demand justice for transgender woman Jennifer Laude, 26, whom a US Marine allegedly murdered. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Miriam wants 'Barbie' in Senate probe on Laude death

Oct 20, 2014 - 1:36 PM

The Senate hearing is scheduled on Wednesday October 22 a day after the Olongapo City court holds a preliminary hearing on the murder case on Tuesday

OLONGAPO MURDER. CCTV footage shows the victim, Jeffrey Laude, and the suspect in a hotel before the crime allegedly happened in Celzone Lodge, Olongapo City.

Transgender group to gov't: Pass laws to protect LGBT

Oct 19, 2014 - 2:49 PM

The Association of Transgender People in the Philippines says Laude s death is the second case in under a month – showing how vulnerable the LGBT community is

Protest vs Pemberton shuts down Subic gates

Oct 19, 2014 - 12:09 PM

For around 2 hours Saturday Subic authorities put the freeport on lockdown as militant groups stage a protest against the alleged killer of Jennifer Laude

Relatives of murdered Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude, including her mother Julita Laude (L), stand in front of the port gate where USS Peleliu (back) is docked at Subic, October 18, 2014, to bring a notice to the murder suspect Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton who is detained onboard the ship. Robert Gonzaga/AFP

Laude murder: US soldier's appearance up to lawyers

Oct 19, 2014 - 9:35 AM

UPDATED It is up to the Philippine legal counsel of Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton to decide whether the US Marine suspected of killing a transgender woman last week will appear in the preliminary hearing

UP TO LAWYERS. The US Embassy says it's up to the lawyers of Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton whether or not he will appear before prosecutors on October 21.

Iligan bishop: Justice, not judgment, for Jennifer Laude

Oct 18, 2014 - 10:30 PM

Iligan Bishop Elenito Galido says there is no point in judging the victim s sexual orientation

Gov't says it's committed to secure justice for Laude

Oct 18, 2014 - 5:09 PM

We understand the grief and we can only imagine the grief that the Laude family is going through because of the death of Jennifer Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte says

A WAKE FOR 'GANDA.' Friends of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, the 26-year-old transgender who was killed by a foreigner in Olongapo, look at his coffin during his wake in Olongapo City yesterday. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Rappler Newscast | October 17, 2014

Oct 17, 2014 - 7:47 PM

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Olongapo's Magsaysay quarter loses luster after murder

Oct 17, 2014 - 4:18 PM

The killing in the northern port city of Olongapo threatens to test longstanding defense ties between Manila and Washington

PROTEST. Filipino protesters shout anti-US slogans in a rally outside the US embassy in Manila, Philippines, 16 October 2014. Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

US Marine ordered to appear in murder probe

Oct 17, 2014 - 2:48 PM

But the question remains: will he face investigators?

OLONGAPO MURDER. CCTV footage shows the victim, Jeffrey Laude, and the suspect in a hotel before the crime allegedly happened in Celzone Lodge, Olongapo City.

Killing of Jennifer Laude a 'hate crime' – police report

Oct 16, 2014 - 8:17 PM

The investigation report says the suspect engaged Laude for sex service and that the discovery that Laude was gay prompted him to kill the victim

Family of Jennifer Laude seeks help from Aquino

Oct 16, 2014 - 3:37 PM

The mother of Jennifer Laude is hoping that President Benigno Aquino III will take pity on her family and help them seek justice for her slain child

Family of Olongapo slay victim calls for justice

Oct 15, 2014 - 10:09 AM

While Philippines and US discuss which country should have custody of the suspect the victim s family just wants one thing: justice

A WAKE FOR 'GANDA.' Friends of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, the 26-year-old transgender who was killed by a foreigner in Olongapo, look at his coffin during his wake in Olongapo City yesterday. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Filing of charges vs US Marine may take weeks

Oct 14, 2014 - 3:16 PM

Policemen are waiting for the autopsy and gathering initial evidence against US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton

MURDER VICTIM. Relatives and friends want justice for 26-year-old Jennifer Laude. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

PNP names US Marine tagged in Olongapo slay

Oct 14, 2014 - 12:54 PM

UPDATED A case of murder is being readied against the suspect noted Olongapo city police in a police report

MURDER VICTIM. Relatives and friends want justice for 26-year-old Jennifer Laude. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler