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Aquino: Pemberton getting special negative treatment

DETAINED IN CAMP AGUINALDO US Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, a suspect in the killing of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, a transgender Filipino woman, is escorted to his detention facility, an air-conditioned container van, after he was airlifted to Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City aboard a US military helicopter. AFP Chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said Pemberton was flown to the AFP headquarters, easing a looming irritant over his custody. AP PHOTO AND VIDEO GRAB COURTESY OF LT. COL. HAROLD M. CABUNOC/AFP-PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE

Taking exception to criticism that US Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton was being treated by the Philippine government with kid gloves, President Aquino said on Wednesday that in fact the suspect in the gruesome killing of transgender Filipino Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude was getting “special negative treatment.”

Posted: October 23rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Aquino on attending Laude wake: ‘I don’t attend wakes of people I don’t know’

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MARILOU Laude, sister of murder victim Jeffrey Laude, says her brother was generous and did not hesitate to help family members and relatives.  
PHOTO BY ALLAN MACATUNO / Inquirer Central Luzon

Is President Benigno Aquino III too busy? Will he ever show up in the wake of slain transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude?

Posted: October 22nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Aquino: Any ransom paid wasn’t from me

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President Aquino: No government money  AP FILE PHOTO

If ransom was paid to secure freedom for German hostages Viktor Stefan Okonek, 71, and Henrite Dielen, 55, last week, no government money was spent, President Aquino assured the public on Monday.

Posted: October 21st, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Aquino: No need to junk VFA


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 »

Did Aquino authorize payment of ransom for release of German hostages?

German nationals Stefan Viktor Okonek (center) and Henrike Dielen (right) rest at  a military base in Zamboanga City early Saturday hours after their release from Abu Sayyaf captivity on Friday night. AP FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III on Monday insisted that no ransom—at least from his office—was paid for the release of the two Germans held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf.

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »