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Olongapo murder case reveals uneasy US-Philippines ties

MANILA, Philippines — American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them. The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila's uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master. Pemberton, 19, is accused of killing Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipino, in a motel room ...

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@Jimparedes: @RexVTecson, A Social Media ‘Threat-or’

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Murdered transgender laid to rest

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines – Murdered transgender woman Jennifer Laude was finally laid to rest at Heritage Memorial Park here today (Oct. 24). Prior to the burial, a necrological service was conducted at St. Columban Church past 2pm for the surviving relatives, friends and supporters of the victim. After the Church service, the supporters marched the remains of Laude in the streets of the city, raising pla ...

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Binay, Trillanes set debate on Nov. 10

MANILA, Philippines – The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) scheduled the debate between Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on November 10. In an interview aired over Radyo Singko, KBP Vice President Herman Basbaño said the square off of the two officials will be held at Philippine International Convention Center. Basbaño said it would be a "no holds barred" encounter wh ...

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Zambales vendor wins P15.4M lotto

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines – A fruit vendor from Castillejos town in Zambales province won P15.4 million of the Grand Lotto 6/55 jackpot. The 66-year-old winner claimed the prize at Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office in Mandaluyong City yesterday (Oct. 23). The P15.4 million was half of the P30.9 jackpot. The other winner placed a bet in a lotto outlet Aparri, Cagayan. The winning combination were 13-1-2 ...

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On Laude, LGBTs and the VFA

THERE is something in people’s reaction to the killing of transgender Filipino Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude that already smacks of what is called OA (overacting). No wonder the Olongapo City prosecutor last Tuesday said: “We focus on the criminal aspect, not on the side issues.” The prosecutor was reacting to the request of Laude’s family that he be referred to as “Jennifer” in the proceedings and documents. A ...

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Olongapo upgrades hospital facilities

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines – In its pursuit to deliver better health services to the people here, the management of James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital continues on its various facility upgrade programs. After the procurement of new mattresses, hospital administrator Gewel Manuel said the re-painting activities of the entire medical facility were also completed recently. The hospital chief also announced of t ...

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US traders eye business in Subic Freeport

[caption id="attachment_8557" align="alignright" width="300"] SBMA Chief Operating Officer Joven Reyes receives a certificate of appreciation from Ethel Reyes- Mercado, honorary Consul General of Texas, USA, during the visit of members of the US Trade Mission on October 20.[/caption] SUBIC BAY, Philippines — A group of US-based Filipino entrepreneurs visited here Monday to scout for trade opportunities at S ...

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USS Peleliu departs Subic port

SUBIC, Philippines – The host ship of US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, suspect of the killing of transgender Jennifer Laude, has left here before noon Wednesday. The USS Peleliu, a Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship of the US Navy, departed Subic Port following the transfer of Pemberton at Camp Aguinaldo in Manila. The ship is home to more than 2,000 US Marines who visited the country ...

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Family to bury ‘Jenny’ on Friday (Oct. 24)

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines – The burial of murdered transgender woman Jennifer Laude is scheduled on October 24 (Friday), a lawyer said today. Prosecution lawyer Harry L. Roque, Jr. also asked government authorities to hasten the collections of necessary forensic materials for possible DNA sampling ahead of the scheduled burial. Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, a US Marine suspected in the killin ...

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Pro VFA in Olongapo

A taxi driver in Olongapo City holds a pro VFA slogan during a motorcade in the city. ...

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Olongapo City survives typhoon Mario

OLONGAPO CITY- Heavy rains and strong winds brought by typhoon Mario last Friday hit the city but did not cause any major flooding according to authorities. Big part of Metro Manila and other provinces was hit by flash floods during Marios rampage, prompting Malacañang to suspended classes in affected areas including work in government offices.  Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino suspended classes in all lev ...

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