US Marine a suspect in transgender killing

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 13 2014 03:49 PM | Updated as of Oct 14 2014 06:54 AM

Jeremy Laude

MANILA - Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario met with officials from the United States embassy following reports of the alleged involvement of a US Marine in the killing of a transgender in Olongapo City.

Del Rosario said the Philippines and the US will coordinate closely to make sure that justice is served.

He also said they "will demonstrate that the Visiting Forces Agreement works amid the friendship and close coordination between the Philippines and US."

In a separate statement, the US embassy said: "The United States Embassy in Manila expresses its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jeffrey Laude, who was found dead in Olongapo City on October 11. A U.S. Marine has been identified as a possible suspect in the ongoing investigation. The United States will continue to fully cooperate with Philippine law enforcement authorities in every aspect of the investigation."

The victim, alias ''Jenny,” was found dead inside the comfort room of Celzone Hotel in Barangay West Tapinac.

Initial reports said Laude checked in at the hotel with a foreigner, who appeared to be in his mid-20s. The foreigner, later described as a soldier, supposedly left the room after about half an hour.

Navytimes.com reported that the soldier is being detained on board the Peleliu, an amphibious assault ship currently docked in the city.

Three of his colleagues are also detained for being potential witnesses.

The Marine is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The infantry unit is currently in the country for a joint training exercise. – with reports from Jenny Reyes, ABS-CBN News