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Selected Comments
(Topic: Both US and PHL Governments to Blame for Death of Jeffery "Jennifer" Laude)


Name: John Sailor
City/State/Country: Manhattan Beach, CA
IP Address: 12.151.91.2

Comments

[Someone] avers, "The tragic death of Laude is a HATE CRIME motivated by prejudice against a social group." SIR, you are drawing a wayward, irresponsible conclusion. How would you know him as a man hating gays? I have lived in a Marine Corps housing complex in Camp Pendleton. Gays, tomboys in the service in US Marine, Navy, Air Force, Army are tolerated, not hated. Pvt 1st Class Pemberton himself was a victim of DECEIT & TRICKERY. SIR, there are people who cannot take it being deceived and hoodwinked. People would rather kill than being a victim of deception.


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

Just like I said China must be beaming at the incident. In fact their surrogates in the PHL, the militant communists are already hard at work to scrap the VFA. And so responsible Filipinos should put this incident in the proper context. It is a sex scam that got blown. Nothing more and nothing less. Responsible Filipinos should also realize that if the VFA is abrogated and the US withdraws from the exercises the only big loser is the PHL! Ang malas naman ng PHL! The only country willing to help them is the USA and this thing has to happen.


Name: Jorge Villanueva
City/State/Country: Canada
IP Address: 47.54.135.169

Comments

Jennifer Laude's case is complicated by multiplicity of issues. It brings to focus the question of whether crime was committed as part of a human rights violation, a hatred of her gender or a straight forward crime of passion Perchance, others will have to confront their ignorance or prejudice to the vulnerable segment of society. It will also measure the strength or tenuous hold the agreement is, between two sovereign countries, undoubtedly how this case will affect its present and future relationship.


Name: Steve R
City/State/Country: California
IP Address: 98.234.22.41

Comments

In response to militants carrying signs that read: SCRAP VFA – EDCA, Malacañang came out swinging by stating that the Visiting Forces Agreement VFA and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement EDCA is much bigger picture than the death of Laude. Secretary Coloma Jr. also stated that “The US and the Philippines are one in saying that we will both help each other in achieving justice. We will ensure that the rule of law will be followed,” Coloma said in Filipino. Don’t have an aluminum centavo but I’m willing to bet my last red penny that the militants doing the rallies are communist sympathizer and getting their marching orders from Sison, the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines.


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

Why are the anti-VFA people insisting on tying this case up with the agreement? I'm not surprised with the militant communists troublemakers. But the Senators? They want to conduct a Senate Hearing! This is a pay-for-sex transaction that happens in every dark corner of every street of every city in the world. Why would they want to highlight the sleaziness of what took place. Isn't his the job of courts? Boy, they will be talking about falsies the victim wore to appear like a woman; the services he offered; what sexual act they did and then the killing itself. The victim's neck broken when the accused pushed his head down the toilet. Yuck! Now what's the VFA got to do with it? Just wait. Soon these Senators will be blaming Obama and Aquino for this incident.


Name: Sampaguita
City/State/Country: Makati, Binays rules
IP Address: 14.201.66.31

Comments

Why such a reaction over this just because it was committed by an American when the transgender put her or his body in harm's way. The reaction of people should had been as loud when a Filipino committed a crime against baby's and small innocent children. And there have been so many lately.


Name: deo
City/State/Country: flour-flower city
IP Address: 66.66.203.16

Comments

Nobody and nobody even governments should be blamed for the tragedy except Laude and Pemberton themselves. They played their roles well when fate calls. Pemberton at 19 is old enough to kill enemies (as a soldier) but still has to be carded before he can buy booze or cigarettes. And Laude at 26 could reign among his kind and enjoy the fame and fortune that comes with it. But in stead, they met each other and everything crumbled.


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

The attention of the country is fixated on this case at present. The media is milking every moment of it for all it is worth. Soap Opera scripts may be in the drawing board as we speak. Crooked Columnists and nothing-to-do politicians are making all the noise they could. But this is the PHL. All this hooting & hollering will soon die down. I have no doubt this case will be settled. After that only Aquino will be left to blame. And the Communists will take the opportunity doing that. But by the time the Pacquiao fight comes around this incident will be a distant memory. Ganoon sa atin.


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

CHINA now knows how to spoil the good relationship between the US and the PHL. Just send in Transvestites and have them entice visiting soldiers to a sex act. It is safe to say that at least 1 out of 10 transgender transactions will result in violence that the filipinos would blame on the presence of the Americans. And there goes the US assistance flying out the window. As soon as the relationship between the US & the PHL sour China can just walk in and occupy whatever land they want. No shots fired. No proof of their involvement. All that is needed is a man dressed up and looking like a woman…and a drunk soldier.


Name: Sam Juan
City/State/Country: Hilong Hilo ,Panay
IP Address: 38.88.177.203

Comments

Isabelle said -"Has it entered in your minds that Pemberton could possibly be just another trained killer sadist? "- Well that is a possibility- but in the land of the Macho men of the Philippines-- that does not matter. Just notice how the discussion all zeroed-in that the victim is transgender and therefore (in inference) deserves what happened especially when the perp is a "U.S. MARINE".


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

It is very unsettling that amid all this finger pointing and rabble rousing no one, especially the corrupt Columnists, mentioned the benefit this matter brings China. The arrival of the German boyfriend was covered like a state visit but no reference was made whatsoever of the cause and effect results this incident may have for the PHL vis-a-vis China. Yet here we are making all sorts of impractical, even impossible suggestions on how to handle China. Question: What exactly can the PHL do to counter China's intrusions WITHOUT US assistance? And after this incident is blown out of proportion would there be any other country that might send their soldiers to assist the PHL?


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

Isabelle of Toronto made a good point. How did we know that there was no other reason than the soldier being scammed, that lead him to violence? There were 2 USED condoms. Why is that? The 1st condom still did not reveal the victim's gender and the soldier wanted more? If so then the soldier did not mind the real gender of the victim. He just wanted a 2nd round. Or the soldier has a history of violence, or a record somewhere involving prostitutes. This should be looked into. That said, it still does not justify or rationalize the deception that a Transgender perpetrates on innocent men. Being conned by a transvestite is a traumatic experience like no other.


Name: DING DONG
City/State/Country: DONGON, SAMAR
IP Address: 67.250.86.169

Comments

On the front page of Asian Journal (NY and NJ ) is this news: "US MARINE SUSPECT IN OLONGAPO TRANSGENDER SLAY CHARGE WITH MURDER" The uneducated, misinformed and uninformed sector of society will be celebrating of the charge of murder. But do they really know the elements that constitute murder? If at the end the charge is downgraded to manslaughter punishment will be reduced severely and Pemberton would have very little time to serve or none at all. Then these people (agitators or activists) would be screaming in protest that justice was not served. Never would they ever know that some cash changed hands between the US Embassy and the family of Laude). PUT THE BLAME ON THE GENIUS OF DOJ.


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

The Editorial mentioned the proliferation of Homosexuals on TV shows, movies, media, everywhere. And the Filipinos accept that. Not because of political correctness but it's just the fad. Imagine a foreign visitor watching TV and seeing the antics of Filipino transgenders. So the prevailing culture must be cited for its permissiveness. I would blame this more than the unfortunate habitués of bars, who did what they did to live. It has been said that Sodom & Gomorrah were destroyed for being so wicked. And the wickedness consisted in the unrestrained practice of homosexual acts. Should we instead blame God for not regulating the activities of its residents?


Name: bentheconsultant
City/State/Country: California, US A
IP Address: 108.197.138.2

Comments

If the Filipinos Think that The United States will go to war for the Philippines, You are all simply Dumb. Maybe they will rescue some Government Officials but that will be it. The United States has enough Free Loaders.


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

When Homosexuality is used in a deceptive way it becomes a perversion and not merely a human condition. When Visiting forces are given shore leave they cannot be watched and spied at like children. Their eccentricities are their personal responsibility. So how can the PHL & the USA be blamed for what happened. It was a private agreement between the parties that did not need the approval of anyone, least of all their countries. Even if the incident could have been foreseen the countries involved have better things to address that foresee such sleaze. So I do not think the countries are blamable at all.


Name: DING DONG
City/State/Country: DONGON, SAMAR
IP Address: 67.250.86.169

Comments

Cancellation of a an existing VFA because of one incident is a knee-jerk reaction . Adocates of the cancellation of the visiting forces agreement have myopic visions. They don't see the bigger picture. What is missing here is the deafening silence of PNoy on the incident. It is DeJa Vu as the Luneta hostage taking!


Name: Marie
City/State/Country: Batangas
IP Address: 77.117.73.166

Comments

[Someone]: (I said, If there are no transgenders and other prostitutes who flirt and fool anyone, Hell would not be so crowded. Let Satan be alone and lonely). You said, "I disagree-- it is more like ---if there are no religious loudmouth hypocrites, zealots and fanatics of all shades-- hell would not be so crowded!". I say to you.. Don't be mad... sorry if my comments bothers you ....bato-bato sa langit tamaan huag magagalit.


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

Those who blame this incident on the existence of red light districts like the ones in Olongapo & Angeles are missing the point. Red Light Districts EXIST EVERYWHERE. For as long as there is human habitation there will be prostitutes. It was not called the world's oldest profession for nothing! The only way it could be banned (as opposed to eradicated) is by pointing guns and killing hundreds if not thousands of people as an example. This is exactly what happened when Mao Zedong "cleaned up" Shang Hai, at the time the opium and vice capital of the world. Use your computer. Google "Red Light Districts" all over the world and watch in fascination.


Name: Marie
City/State/Country: Batangas
IP Address: 77.117.73.166

Comments

[Someone]: "Just for you to be aware--You sound as rabid as the Taliban zealots and Isis members". Sorry, If I sound too frank and touched your ego.


Name: DING DONG
City/State/Country: DONGON, SAMAR
IP Address: 67.250.86.169

Comments

In an effort to expand the vocabulary of Filipino transplants in the United States, I want them to know that a transgender is also known as TRANNY or SHEMALE. Jennifer Laude is a transgender with a male genitalia but with secondary sex characteristics. Some transgender are more beautiful than a real woman and one could easily be fooled.


Name: Lee Aldas
City/State/Country: San Francisco, Ca.
IP Address: 99.102.152.243

Comments

The crime happened because the marine was lied to & during the incident he was also drunk. As for Laude what happened is very unfortunate. He should have been honest and said he is a male Transgender. That would have given the marine a choice either to leave or stay. Laude ended up dead & the marine is going to trial for killing a transgender. No one wins. The marine is now being investigated for the crime & Jennifer I hope finds peace, wherever he is.


Name: DING DONG
City/State/Country: DONGON, SAMAR
IP Address: 67.250.86.169

Comments

To [someone]: "Gay men consider themselves men. Lesbian women consider themselves women. Sexual orientation and gender identity are two different things. " Trannies have sexual orientation issues.


Name: Sam Juan
City/State/Country: Hilong Hilo Panay
IP Address: 38.88.177.203

Comments

"OKAMA-SAN is what they call Filipino Transgenders working as Entertainers in Japan. " Just as a rejoinder on cultural point-- in Japan's classic theater like Kabuki and Noh- women's role is usually played by men. Reason being-- they believe that men knows how "women SHOULD act and behave"!


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

FORMAT. The 4 US witnesses to the killing of the Transgender have left the PHL, according to the DFA. Whatever value the testimony of said witnesses were, the tried and true format in cases like this is being followed. Witnesses disappear. Meanwhile, negotiations for the dropping of the complaint against the accused soldier will be conducted in earnest. As soon as they reach an agreed amount this case will be dropped and forgotten. It has always been this way. I see no reason why the format would be changed in this case.


Name: DING DONG
City/State/Country: DONGON, SAMAR
IP Address: 67.250.86.169

Comments

[To someone]: During the court proceeding against Pfc Pemberton, the prosecution is not interested on what sexual acts were performed be it oral or anal. The prosecution will attempt to establish the theory that Laude was killed because of hate or prejudice against trannies or gay men. Such questions as religious beliefs or orientation will be critical. Views on homosexuality will play a key role. What is more important is to establsih the factor that triggered the felonious act more than the sexual routine preceding the death of Laude. Dealing with the latter is salacious with little or no effect on the case. That is my personal point of view as a non lawyer and as a potential juror.


Name: deo
City/State/Country: flour-flower city
IP Address: 66.66.203.16

Comments

Until you have a personal experienced dealing with bakla conveniently dressed as woman, you will never even guess what was in the mind of Pemberton when he found out Laude was a man. Check this out: I have posted earlier, I was "fortunate" to be a guest in a big gathering of bakla in Manila. If I did not know before hand it was a bakla party, I would have been deceived, believing that the pretty women there where genuine. I sensed their frustration when I kept rejecting their advances. But they know I am genuine, so they "just grinned and bear it". What if I was also "one of them"? Now imagine, Pemberton who probably was sabik-na-sabik na only to find out, the object of his carnal desire is also a man! Kayo mangyan!


Name: DING DONG
City/State/Country: DONGON, SAMAR
IP Address: 67.250.86.169

Comments

[To someone]: The outward behavior you described amongst "baklas" as being aggressive is a natural human response or reaction to competition. They are competing with women as who could attract more men. Undeniably these "baklas" look prettier than women and some women look like Manny Pacquiao.


Name: DING DONG
City/State/Country: DONGON, SAMAR
IP Address: 67.250.86.169

Comments

[To someone]: The comment being made here is not about demonizing Laude but the unnecessary and risky actions she took that led to her tragic death. Laude's case is not casual sex but sex for money. A paying customer deserves what he paid for. Laude did not deliver. Furthermore this is a hate crime against sexual orientation.


Name: jun sapote
City/State/Country: Angeles City
IP Address: 203.100.211.75

Comments

Moral Lesson? Never pretend that you are someone you are not. Crystal?


Name: DING DONG
City/State/Country: DONGON, SAMAR
IP Address: 67.250.86.169

Comments

[To someone] : FYI hate crimes include: religion, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Assaulted for being a tranny, gay or lesbian is an example of a hate crime. Being a Jew or a Muslim assaulted by a non-Jew or non-Muslim is a hate crime. Being a Filipino and assaulted by a nigger is a hate crime motivated by ethnicity. A black on white is a hate crime motivated by race.


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 98.112.130.24

Comments

Re: Your first sentence stated that the US Government and the Philippine government share the blame for the death of that gay person in the hands of a marine..Why do you blame the government for that.. People in society have a responsibility. You can't go around and pretend you are one person e.g. a woman when you are not .. there is some kind of deception there. The marine of course is also responsible not to harm persons who are not his enemies..This incident could have been prevented if people are informed what kind of people you are going to meet.


Name: DING DONG
City/State/Country: DONGON, SAMAR
IP Address: 67.250.86.169

Comments

Hey [someone]" Since the Philippine legal jurisprudence is mostly copy-cat of the U.S., then the victim should be identified as Jeffrey Laude. He was not legally reclassified as female." The universal classification of SEX or gender is MALE or FEMALE; I think you got confused again on sexual orientation. They are two different things.


Name: DING DONG
City/State/Country: DONGON, SAMAR
IP Address: 67.250.86.169

Comments

[Someone said]: "I remember it well in the 1950s, in Davao a couple were reported rushed to the hospital because they got stuck while having sex in a movie theater. " Coitus captivus can only happen when both partners are in bed. I did not know that Davao movie houses have reclining seats. And the male in his story is the man called horse. Tell that to the Marines!


Selected Comments
(Topic: Jejomar Binay Should Never Become President of the Philippines)


Name: Phil Researcher
City/State/Country: LA County, CA USA
IP Address: 98.112.130.24

Comments

Re: Headline"Speaker Belmonte tells Binay to face the Senate"..But why can't Binay face the senate? Because he would be asked if the statements of Ernesto Mercado are true. That Binay is corrupt collecting money from all projects in Makati..How about the 350 hectares hacienda in Rosario Batangas..Where did he get the money to buy that? Even if he already divested it there is still a question as to where he get the money? So Binay is in no position to face the senators


Name: deo
City/State/Country: flour-flower city
IP Address: 66.66.203.16

Comments

Every time I read the mouthpiece of these politicians, like the Binays, Estrada, Revilla, Ponce-Enrile, accused of wrong doing says that the actions of their accusers are just "political demolition", I can't help but grin. Here in the States (where these mouthpieces parroted the phrase), most offending politicians in spite of their professing of innocence and it is a "political demolition" from their opponents were mostly convicted as charged and sent to jail. I think in Pinas, it is not far from happening, too. hehehe.


Name: Gene
City/State/Country: Ontario
IP Address: 76.67.134.53

Comments

When you speculate & destroy someone's reputation/personality, it demands restitution & clarification of someone's personal belief & assumption. Criticisms & commentaries issued most of the time are destructive & punitive especially when you dislike a person without giving the benefit of the doubt that person is a nice & a good-natured individual. Now, Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel Jr. said the construction of the Makati building, etc. is reasonable. BTW, why would Sen. Trillanes ask VP Binay if he declared his shares of stocks when he filed his SALN? What you declare in the income tax are the interest, dividend, capital gain and NOT your shares. Maraming marurunong na bolero kaya huwag kang mag-himutok sa ugaleng Pilipino.


Name: Sam Juan
City/State/Country: Hilong Hilo, Panay
IP Address: 38.88.177.203

Comments

About Binay and his dynasty-- he is not alone. There is Erap and his wife and son, Marcos his wife,son and daughter to name a few. Ambitious clans all caught in the web of greed and lust for power -- have a common denominator-- they are all Filipinos!


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

Comments

MABAGAL. SWS survey indicated that 79% of those who participated want Binay to answer the charges against him. Ang bagal naman ng mga Pinoy. Dapat 79% should have stated they would not vote for him for any office, ever! They should eliminate him from the list of wannabes and focus should be given to prosecuting him and his family.



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