Olongapo City -- It was a no-show for PFC Joseph Scott Pemberton, the principal suspect in the killing of transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, at the preliminary investigation of the murder case filed by Philippine authorities at the Olongapo City prosecutor’s office.
Lawyer Rowena Garcia-Flores said the subpoena that his client, Pemberton, received does not require the suspect to appear at the preliminary investigation. She added that his client will file answer to the charges within ten days from date they received the subpoena which was last October 17.
Philippine police authorities and victim's relatives files criminal charge of murder against US Marine
OLONGAPO CITY-- Philippine police authorities and the victim’s relatives yesterday, filed criminal charges of murder against a US Marine in connection with the Saturday killing of a transgender, Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude whose body was found inside a comfort room of a lodging house, his head submerged in the toilet bowl.
Human Rights lawyer, Harry Roque Jr, counsel for the Laude family, said at the Olongapo City justice hall that there is enough evidence to sustain the charge of murder against Pfc Joseph Scott Pemberton as he used force and had the intention to kill when he pushed Jeffrey’s face down the toilet bowl.
OLONGAPO CITY – Relatives and members of various militant groups have urged the local authorities to immediately seek custody of a US serviceman suspected of having killed transgender Jeffrey Laude, and a review and possible abrogation of laws and treaties on the conduct of US forces in the Philippines, which they consider unequal.
Representative Terry Ridon of Kabataan Partylist pressed for Philippine custody over Pfc Joseph Scott Pemberton, whom the police have tagged as main suspect in the killing of Laude on the night of October 11, 2014, noting that “this is no longer a simple case of rape but a slaying by an American serviceman of one of our countrymen.”
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), in line with its corporate governance initiative and in support of President Aquino’s “Tuwid na Daan” program, is now moving to institutionalize the Integrity Pledge (IP) program, which requires ethical business practices.
SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia said the program will cover all officials and employees of the agency and will promote measures to eliminate graft and corruption in transactions within the free port.
Garcia also said that under the program, the SBMA will require Subic Bay Freeport stakeholders like business locators, as well as suppliers and contractors to sign the Integrity Pledge to remain in good standing with the SBMA.
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has announced that it will charge much lower port fees starting October 1 to attract more port users in line with the agency’s thrust to establish Subic as an alternative port.
SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia said in a recent media briefing here that the agency will reduce the harbor fee at Subic’s New Container Terminal from $0.046 per gross register tonnage (GRT) to just $0.008 and the berthing fee from $0.0345 per GRT per day to only $0.004.
Garcia said the new rates will be implemented at Subic and the Port of Batangas, both of which were recently declared as extensions of the Port of Manila under Executive Order 172.
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – A subcontracting employee of Hanjin Heavy Industries Corporation – Philippines (HHIC-Phil) died on Thursday after being pinned between a cherry picker and a girder of a hatch cover inside the shipbuilding facility in Redondo Peninsula.
Kalayaan I-Tech employee Jerwein Lopera Labaja, 23, was on-board a cherry picker to conduct power tooling underneath a hatch cover at cargo hold 5 of a vessel that was still under construction when his upper limb got caught in-between the basket of the cherry picker and the girder that resulted in his instant death.
BOTOLAN, Zambales -- Every day for the past week, 18 hours a day, in the glare of day and the dark of night, a crime is being committed right before everyone’s eyes and no one in the local government, from the governor to the mayors, seems to care, laments environmentalist Gabriel Mondragon.
The co-founder of Technology and Resources for Economic and Ecological Sustainability, or TREES, is referring to the demolition by contractors of the Department of Public Works and Highways of the old Bancal Bridge, which began on September 23, after they had completed a new span linking the towns of Botolan and Iba.
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) announced a major initiative to improve facilities and enhance the natural beauty of this free port with the end in view of boosting the tourism industry here.
SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia said the agency’s “Operation Facelift” is designed to bring Subic at par with other touristattractions in like Singapore and Guam.
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — Subic Bay Freeport’s New Container Terminal-2 (NCT-2) has been formally assigned as an extension of the Port of Manila as part of government efforts to solve cargo congestion in Manila.
This developed as executives of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that would take effect on Friday (Sept.12).
The MOA was signed by SBMA Chairman Roberto Garcia and PPA General Manager Juan Sta. Ana.