Joseph Scott Pemberton arrives at Camp Aguinaldo. Inset
transgender Jennifer Laude. Photo: TED ALJIBE/REUTERS; inset: Facebook
males by nature appear more effeminate than males of most other
cultures. Behind the facade of the Latin "macho" you'll usually find a
soft-spoken, mild-mannered, mama's boy who walks the line between the
masculine and the feminine.
Stroll anywhere in
Metro Manila and you'll likely run into a lot of openly gay homosexuals.
However, unlike their Western counterparts, gay Filipino men appear to
prefer young straight boys who they prey on for sexual favors. By
contrast, In Europe or North America, gay men seek out other gay men for
friendship, companionship, and sex. The majority of Filipino gays on the
other hand may have friends and companions who are also gay, but they
still seek out young straight men and boys to fulfill their sexual
advancements in cosmetic surgery and hormone treatments, many of these
outwardly effeminate gays have discovered a new underhanded way of
deceiving unsuspecting heterosexual males into sex. A lot of Filipino
gays, like Jennifer Laude (the transgender who was killed by U.S.
Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton) have undergone medical
procedures in order to make themselves look more like women than men.
And that by itself would be fine if they confined their sexual exploits
to other consenting gay partners who are aware of their true nature.
Instead they use their newly acquired feminine looks to deceive and have
sex with unsuspecting straight men or boys.
these cross-dressing, transgender individuals don't realize, especially
when they prey on unsuspecting males from other cultures, is that
sometimes violent reactions do occur. Unlike Filipino males who might
just laugh it off or react mildly to such deception, men from other
cultures might find it totally unacceptable and react violently.
If we take a step back
for a second and view this tragic event from a wider perspective, we realize that the management of the Ambyanz disco bar in Olongapo where Pemberton met Laude should have
warned the young Marine that Laude was actually a man dressed-up as a
woman. After all Pemberton was their customer and it was their fiduciary
responsibility to do so. Unfortunately, most Filipinos have no idea what
fiduciary responsibility is. But if the management of the disco bar had
done what they were supposed to do, Laude would likely still be alive
today, and Pemberton would not be sitting in a Philippine jail.
It is the
responsibility of resorts, bars, discos, nightclubs, and all manner of
honkytonks to police themselves and warn unsuspecting customers when
they are being preyed upon or deceived. If the Philippine hospitality
industry fails to do this on their own, then a law should be passed forcing
them to warn him. A law should also be passed requiring cross-dressers and
transgender individuals in bars, nightclubs, and similar places to
reveal the truth about themselves to all new acquaintances they make in
The cities of Angeles
and Olongapo were once notorious places of ill-repute and sleaziness
when U.S. military bases operated there. So if one can find a silver
lining in all this, it would be the fact that American military leaders
now prohibit visiting American servicemen from venturing outside their
base while in the Philippines. So all the dregs of Philippine society,
the pimps, their hookers, the drug pushers, the cheap women, and the
con-artists who would used to flock to places where American servicemen
are stationed are now forced to look elsewhere, or better yet, forced to
honest profession instead."