Palace declines challenge to issue ‘strong condemnation’ on Laude slay

/ 03:41 PM October 23, 2014
OCTOBER 21, 2014 Pesscon (from left) Marc Sueselbeck, Michelle Laude, Marilou Laude, Atty. Ahry Roque, Julita Laude, and Atty. Virgie Suarez. PHOTO BY ALLAN MACATUNO / INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude’s family: (From left) Marc Sueselbeck, Michelle Laude, Marilou Laude, Atty. Ahry Roque, Julita Laude, and Atty. Virgie Suarez.  ALLAN MACATUNO / INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang will not issue “a strong condemnation” over the gruesome killing of Filipino transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude allegedly by Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton as it could affect the investigation.

“Ipinaiiral kasi natin ‘yung mga proseso ng ating batas, at kung magkakaroon ng katulad ng iyong sinabi, ‘strong condemnation,’ ito ay maaaring makaapekto din naman sa pagturing ng mga nagsisiyasat,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said in a press briefing on Thursday.


Laude’s killing sparked outrage and renewed criticisms on the Visiting Forces Agreement. The victim’s suspected killer, Pemberton of the US Marine Corps, is part of the American military contingent that participated in the recently concluded US-Philippine joint military drills. He was on a furlough when he allegedly committed the crime.

The VFA allows the US to conduct military drills in the Philippines.


The Philippine government has previously expressed its “intent in pursuing justice” over the killing of Laude. The VFA, meanwhile, is a separate issue.

On Wednesday, Pemberton was moved from USS Peleliu in Subic where he was previously detained to Camp Aguinaldo. While he is in the Philippine military grounds, he remains under the custody of the Americans until the completion of the judicial proceedings.

“Kaya ang mahalaga rito ’yung tiyakin ’yung integridad ng imbestigasyon, na ito ay naaayon sa batas ng ating republika dahil tayo ang mayroong hurisdiksyon sa kasong ‘yan, at wala rin namang malalabag na mga probisyon sa ating batas o karapatan ng mga taong maaaring isangkot sa usaping ito,” Coloma said.


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