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Senate sets probe into transgender slay, to invite family, police

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 03:27 PM October 15, 2014
CANDLE LIGHTING CALL FOR JUSTICE SLAIN JENNIFER LAUDE / OCTOBER 14 2014 Members of LGBT group lights candle during a rally to call for justice on slain transgender Jennifer Laude along España Boulevard in Manila. INQUIRER PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES / EXCLUSIVE FOR PDI NEWSPAPERS USE ONLY

Members of LGBT group lights candle during a rally to call for justice on slain transgender Jennifer Laude along España Boulevard in Manila. RICHARD REYES

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate committee on foreign relations headed by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago will look into the killing of a Filipino transgender allegedly by a US Marine in Olongapo City.

Santiago, in a statement on Wednesday, said her committee would start its investigation on or about Wednesday, October 22, in time for the Senate resumption of sessions next week.

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Among those who will be invited to the hearing, she said, are police operatives assigned to the case, hotel employees on duty when  26-year-old Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laud and the suspect,  Private  First Class  Joseph  Scott  Pemberton, allegedly registered for a room, as well as family members and friends of the victim.

Santiago described the timing of the alleged crime as “egregious” as it came just after the joint military exercises between the two countries, and just before American and Filipino military leaders met on Tuesday, for discussions on the new Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

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The senator insisted that the Philippines has jurisdiction over the suspect because the alleged offense was reportedly committed in Olongapo City and was punishable under the Philippine Penal Code.

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