JUSTICE FOR JENNIFER LAUDE !
END THE MILITARY EXERCISES AND VISITING FORCES AGREEMENT!
KICK OUT THE U.S. MILITARY OUT OF THE PHILIPPINES !
If you live in NYC, come join us for the action and rally on Wednesday, October 15 at 5 pm in front of the Philippines Embassy.
When: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 5 pm.
Where: 556 Fifth Avenue, New York front of the Philippines Embassy
If you haven’t heard already in Philippine news and now some U.S. news outlets like ABC News & The New York Post, yesterday night a transgender woman name Jennifer Laude was found murdered inside the Celzone Lodge on Magsaysay Drive in Olangapo City, Zambales. She was found, strangled with her head leaning over the toilet by one of the hotel attendants who was also a witness. The attendant, Elias Gallamos, witnessed a white man with blonde hair and a marine cut walking out of the hotel room a few minutes after both he and Jennifer went in. According to Elias the suspect left the door open and Elias went to check the room but saw slippers outside the bathroom so believed someone was inside using the room and he left. Later, they returned to check back in the hotel room and discovered Jennifers body.
Earlier on in the night another witness, the victim’s friend, said they met the suspect at the Ambyanz Disco Bar at 10:55 p.m. Jennifer then invited the suspect to the hotel and asked the witness to leave before the suspect found out they were both transgender.
Both witnesses describe the man as having a “white complexion, with marine-style cut of hair,” standing between 5’8″ and 5’10” and between 25 and 30 years old.
The suspect is now detained in the USS Peleliu assault ship as the investigation continues. However according to the VFA any military servicemen who has committed a crime in the Philippines must be held by U.S. officials not Philippine officials. Basically the U.S. military is hiding behind the VFA (which they created) for the suspect and any other military personel stationed on the islands to gain immunity and escape prosecution from Philippines laws.
Now people, especially the family members and friends of Jennifer, are worried that the U.S. ships can leave at any time and justice won’t be served as the suspect and 3 other suspects of the case will not be turned over to Philippines authorities. Though officials say the ship will not be able to leave the port until the case is solved many worry this will not be the case.
We call for the U.S. to turn over the suspects to Philippine officials for investigation. We call for justice for Jennifer Laude in which its clearly a hate crime and for the numerous rape cases by U.S. military who have escaped prosecution.
UPDATE: PFC JOSEPH SCOTT PEMBERTON from the U.S. Marine Corps.
According to our news, this is the name of the identified suspect for this case. It is also speculated that the murder was because of homophobic hate crime.
This is really scary. Although this is the first reported case of murder due to homophobic hate, the LGBT community in this country is constantly enduring this kind of problem.
It is deeply horrendous even when it’s the first time to have a transgender victim, rape-murder cases of Filipino women by the U.S. Military have happened before. One very popular case is with “Nicole” that got Lance Corporal Daniel Smith sentenced for 40 years of imprisonment. This was then reversed by the court, saying issues of “force and intimidation” and “unconsciousness” via “intoxication” cannot be appreciated because such evidence failed to convince the judge to convict Smith.
This is a serious matter. Because of the country’s alliance with the U.S. Military, soldiers training in the country are protected of their crimes. It’s difficult to convict them since the U.S. has the final say whether or not they would hand us the suspect.
It’s disgusting. I don’t have anything against U.S. citizens. I just hope that the Filipino citizen could claim our rights to justice even when such treaties exist because a lot of victims are too scared to speak up, knowing that nothing would happen if they do so.
Also the above commentary is spot on. This is a very serious matter especially after what happenef back in 2005 when another U.S. military person was originally sentenced to 40 years in prison but was released a few years later with “lack of evidence of rape” when the the victim was intoxicated and was carried by Scot. That case still needs justice as well as many more rape cases by U.S. military servicemen and hopefully we can get justice for Jennifer. This timw however is the first known case of a murder and MUST be taking seriously by our people because there are many who are actually LAUGHING and making a joke out of this because the victim is a transwoman. NO. All those who are shouldn’t even call themselves Pilipin@ or say they have Pilipin@ pride. Y’all have pride when someone becomes a famous singer or boxer internationally or particularly in the U.S. but you shrug and make a damn joke when one of our people get killed. Do you know how many of our people have been effected by the U.S. military being here? Or what happened when they colonized us and during the Philippine-American War?? Murder. Rape. Torture. Concentration Camps. Prostitution. Burning of villages and towns.
It’s about time Pilipin@s for our people, country, sovereignty, and rights.