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(EXCLUSIVE) Zambales anti-mining defender gets death threats

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines – The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) reported today that a strong anti-mining advocate in Zambales has been getting death threats amid his intensified campaign to eradicate mining in the province. The FIDH said pro-environment defender Benito E. Molino, a human rights defender who campaigned for an end to mining operations in Zambales, received the threat through ...

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Olongapo’s Tale of Two Aliens

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines -- Two foreign nationals, Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton (the suspect) and Marc Sueselbeck (the boyfriend) were caught in the highly protested murder of transgender woman Jennifer Laude that happened here. These are not the best of times, and this country is not the fun place the tourism posters say it is -- not for many Filipinos who feel they’re getting poorer and po ...

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Zambales teacher hopes to find missing daughter

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines -- As the nation brace for the observance of All Saint’s and All Soul’s Days, the mother of missing University of the Philippines (UP) student Karem Empeno remained hopeful to see her daughter again. Concepcion Empeño, 65, school principal of Culiat Elementary School in Masinloc town in Zambales, said she had been praying and hoping that her daughter will finally surface. She said ...

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SCTEX sets measures vs Undas traffic

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines – The Tollways Management Corporation (TMC) will add additional manpower in anticipation of the heavy traffic at the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) this weekend. This as the TMC expected that huge numbers of motorists will flock to the provinces via SCTEX to observe the annual All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. Aside from stoppage of roadworks from October 29 to November 3 ...

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10-hour power stoppage to hit Zambales

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines -- The National Grid Corporation (NGC) announced today that a 10-hour power interruption will hit in at least four towns in Zambales province on Wednesday (Oct. 29). The power stoppage will hit the coastal towns of Palauig, Masinloc, Candelaria and Sta. Cruz -- all served by Zambales Electric Cooperative (ZAMECO). This as the NGC will facilitate the reolacement of old poles along ...

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Paulino: We must move on

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines -- City Mayor Rolen Paulino said life in here remained normal amid the media frenzy brought about by the Jennifer Laude murder case. In a statement coinciding the second preliminary hearing today, Paulino said: “We must move on, but it is also important that justice prevail.” The city mayor has been visible in condoling the surviving family of Laude from the wake to the burial of ...

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No murder but homicide, Pemberton lawyer insist

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines -- The counsel of US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton called on City Prosecutor here to lower the charges against his client from murder to frustrated homicide. During the second preliminary hearing here Monday, Defense Lawyer Rowena Garcia-Flores presented a motion for clarification of the complaint, saying there was no probable cause for murder against Pemberton ...

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Warship skipper in Subic sea mishap relieved

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines – The United States Navy ordered the relief of the skipper of USS Stethem after the destroyer rammed two sailing boats off Subic Bay. US Navy Captain John Bradford was ordered to relinquish his post due to loss of confidence in his ability to command. This after US destroyer, while being guided by two tugboats of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), rammed two fishing boat ...

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Opinion: No gender issue on Laude’s killing

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines -- City Prosecutor Emilie Fe de los Santos declared during the preliminary investigation of the murder charge against Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton of the United States Marine Corps that “there is no gender issue” involved in the killing of Jennifer Laude. “The issue,” she said, is simply that “someone got killed.” Was de los Santos saying that Jennifer Laude would ha ...

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Laude fiance to exit PH ahead of deportation move

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines -- The boyfriend of murdered transgender woman Jennifer Laude sets to leave the country today (Oct. 26) ahead of the deportation proceeding hatched by the Department of Justice. Marc Sueselbeck was free of any legal obstacle amid breaching security in Camp Aguinaldo, according to Laude’s counsel Harry Roque. Sueselbeck put himself in hot water after attempting to approach the dete ...

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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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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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