US marine a murder suspect in Philippines

US marine a murder suspect in Philippines
Philippine and US marines take their positions during the annual joint naval exercise dubbed "Phiblex" at an island near the south China sea in Puerto Princesa, Palawan island on Oct 2, 2014. Philippine authorities are investigating the possible involvement of a US soldier in the killing of a local transgender person after the two nations held joint military exercises, Filipino authorities said on Monday.

The Philippines is investigating the possible involvement of a US marine in the killing of a local transgender person after the two nations held joint military exercises.

The body of Jeffrey Laude was found by staff at a hotel in the northern port city of Olongapo late on Sunday, less than an hour after the victim checked into a room with an unidentified blond male suspect.

The "foreigner" with Laude had close-cropped hair, was of medium build and had "casually" walked out of the hotel later without settling his bill, prompting staff to check the room, police told AFP.

They found Laude, who was dressed as a woman, lifeless on the bathroom floor with marks on the neck.

US Pacific Command chief Admiral Samuel Locklear assured Manila that US warships that took part in the exercises would remain in the Philippines "until there is clarity to the situation", the Philippines' Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario told reporters.


This article was first published on Oct 14, 2014.
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