OLONGAPO CITY – The family of slain transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude is seeking P200 million in damages from US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton.
Taking the witness stand yesterday, Jeffrey’s sister Marilou said their family believes the amount would serve as a warning to other US servicemen not to treat other Filipinos like animals.
Marilou said P100 million would be for the cruel death of Jeffrey and the other P100 million for civil damages.
Jeffrey’s mother Julita was also set to take the witness stand yesterday.
During Monday’s trial, Olongapo City PNP Crime Laboratory operatives were presented as witnesses.
Police Officer 2 Jarlowe Cruz identified the photos taken by Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) at Celzone Lodge, where Jeffrey was found dead.
Crime Lab assistant head Chief Insp. Edmar dela Torre testified as SOCO team head and as an expert witness on DNA testing.
Dela Torre testified that he secured the crime area; conducted DNA testing on Elias Gallamos for exclusion purposes; checked on the condoms, which were found to be negative both for Pemberton and Laude and identified the SOCO report.
With the marathon hearings, prosecutors said the trial could be completed by Sept. 22 as provided under the Visiting Forces Agreement.
The 19-year-old Pemberton,a Marine from the USS Peleliu, was shore on leave on the night of Oct. 11, 2014 – after the conduct of the Phl-US amphibious landing exercises in Palawan and Luzon islands – when he met Laude at the Ambyanz Nightlife Bar and the two were later seen entering Celzone Lodge.
The transgender was later found dead in the motel room’s toilet.
Pemberton is being held at a US facility in Camp Aguinaldo.