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Palace insists no ransom paid for release of Germans

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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

Malacañang insisted on Sunday that no ransom was paid to secure the release of two German hostages from the Abu Sayyaf Friday night.

Posted: October 19th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

3 years after Italian priest’s murder, still no case in court, say friends

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Fr. Fausto ‘Pops’ Tentorio

Three years after the killing of Italian priest, Fr. Fausto Tentorio, people demanding for justice over his death are still waiting for the determination of probable cause that would lead to the filing of charges in court.

Posted: October 16th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Issue over custody of US soldier may stall filing of murder rap in court—lawmaker

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Terry Ridon. FILE PHOTO

The question of who takes custody of Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, the suspect in the killing of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude, is threatening to derail the immediate filing of charges against the American serviceman, according to an Olongapo police official.

Posted: October 15th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH gov’t asked to end VFA if US refuses to hand over Pemberton

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Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Philippine government should consider terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) if the United States were to refuse to hand over an American serviceman suspected of killing a Filipino transgender, activists said Wednesday.

Posted: October 15th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Fil-Am transgender advocates say Jennifer a victim of ‘hate crime’

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Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude. ALLAN MACATUNO / INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Filipino-American activists and transgender advocates are demanding that the US Marine suspected in the murder of transgender Filipino Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude be turned over to local authorities.

Posted: October 15th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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