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‘The issue is the killing’

Members of Gabriela Women’s Party demand justice for slain transgender woman Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude during Tuesday’s rally outside the Hall of Justice in Olongapo City. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS

While recognizing the gender rights issue related to the killing of transgender woman Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, allegedly by a US Marine, the city prosecutor on Tuesday said she would focus on the “criminal aspect” in the preliminary investigation of the case.

Posted: October 22nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Aquino: No need to junk VFA

‘YESTERDAY’S HEROES’  President Aquino graces the 70th anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing at MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park in Candahug, Palo, Leyte province, on Monday. The event’s theme, “Leyte 1944, Leyte 2014: Yesterday’s Heroes, Today’s Inspiration on the Road to Recovery,” recalls the role of American troops led by Gen. Douglas MacArthur during World War II, when his promise, “I shall return,” became some sort of a battle cry.  RYAN LIM/MALACAÑANG PHOTO

President Aquino on Monday rejected calls for the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) following the killing of a transgender Filipino allegedly by a US Marine in Olongapo City more than a week ago.

Posted: October 21st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Probers question 4 US Marines on slay

HEREBY SERVED  A copy of the murder complaint filed by the family of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude against a US Marine is stuck on  a barbed wire at the gate leading to the  USS Peleliu, which is docked at Subic Freeport.  RAFFY LERMA

“News not quite right,” US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg said Sunday, referring to reports that the United States would produce a US Marine suspected of killing a transgender Filipino and four other servicemen wanted as witnesses by investigators.

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Aquino happy Germans released; Palace won’t confirm payment of ransom

In this photo released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, kidnapped German nationals Stefan Okonek, left, and female companion Henrike Dielen, center, rest inside the Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, after they were freed from the hands of the Muslim extremist group the Abu Sayyaf. Okonek and Dielen, who had been kidnapped and held for six months in the southern Philippines were released Friday by the militant group just hours after it had threatened to behead one of them if no ransom payment was made, the Philippine defense chief said. (AP Photo/Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command)

President Benigno Aquino was happy to receive the news that German nationals Viktor Stefan Okonek and Henrite Dielen have been released by their captors but Malacañang Saturday said it could not confirm reports that ransom was paid in exchange for their freedom—and their lives.

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Key witness in transgender slay now in witness protection program

Lawyer Harry Roque. Photo by RYAN LEAGOGO/INQUIRER.net

The primary witness in the brutal killing of Filipino transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” laude has been admitted to the Witness Protection Program (WPP) of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Americas,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »