MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government says it is seeking custody of a U.S. Marine charged with the murder of a Filipino transgender woman.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday that it has asked Washington to turn over custody of Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton after he was charged by Filipino prosecutors Monday in the October killing of Jennifer Laude in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila. Laude, whose former name was Jeffrey, had apparently been strangled and drowned in a toilet bowl.
The emotional case has reignited a debate over custody of U.S. military personnel accused of local crimes.
Pemberton is currently in U.S. custody, but is being held in a Philippine military camp in a compromise by the treaty allies.