Ladyboy found dead in Olongapo Hotel Room. Foreigner seen leaving.
Details are still sketchy, but it appears a Sailor or Marine left a room at a downtown hotel, and a ladyboy was found dead There is a chance that it's an accident, but it is way too early to tell. The US has restricted all personnel's movements. I'm told everyone at Clark will be confined to the Base as well.
The local authorities are waiting for Embassy personnel (including NCIS) to arrive to conduct a full investigation.
There are already protests in Olongapo.
One has to wonder what this will do to the ongoing military cooperation between the US and the Philippines?
Our sympathies to the family of the victim.
THIS COULD BE ONE ROYAL PAIN IN THE ASS. ALL IT TAKES IS ONE INCIDENT TO RUIN EVERYTHING FOR GOOD RELATIONS WITH THE LOCALS AND RESTRICTING THE MILITARY TO THE BASE HURTS ALL BUSINESSES IN AC AND OLONGAPO. LETS HOPE THERE IS NO MILITARY INVOLVEMENT BECAUSE THE PROTESTERS WILL GO APE SHIT.
This was sent to me as the possible murdered Billy Boy. I think our active duty military sent here on a TDY basis need a bit more training on how to recognize these lady boys. For the uninitiated it can really come as a surprise. Some of these "guys" can be better looking than many of the typical bar girls.
A U.S. Marine is in custody Sunday following the apparent killing of a transgender individual in the Philippines.
The Marine, whose identity has not been released, is being held on board the amphibious assault ship Peleliu while agents with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service piece together what happened Saturday night at the Celzone Lodge in Olongapo City, according to an internal Navy memo obtained by Marine Corps Times. Local Philippine police also are investigating the matter.
The Marine is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The infantry unit is deployed to the Philippines as part of a joint training exercise. Three other Marines from the same unit, described as potential witnesses, also have been detained aboard the ship, according to the memo, which was distributed to dozens of senior Navy officials, as well as NCIS and State Department personnel.
Reached Sunday night, Marine Corps officials at the Pentagon declined to comment and directed Marine Corps Times to the U.S. embassy in Manila. Attempts to reach the embassy were not immediately successful. A spokesman for Marine Corps Forces Pacific in Hawaii also declined to comment.
Local media in the Philippines broke the story Sunday afternoon. U.S. officials there were bracing for protests as the news spread, the Navy memo indicates.
The victim was identified as 26-year-old Jeffrey Laude, police toldInquirer.net. Laude’s body was found just before midnight Saturday and apparently showed signs of strangulation.
Laude’s friend, who accompanied Laude and “a foreigner” to the hotel, reportedly told police they’d been at a local disco bar. Soon after they arrived at the hotel, Laude became uneasy and asked the friend to leave before “the foreigner could discover that they were transgenders,” Inquirer.net reported.
Thousands of U.S. troops are in the Philippines for PHIBLEX 15, a multinational exercise. The Peleliu is on a port call in Subic Bay that is scheduled through Tuesday, the Navy memo indicates.
Staff writers David Larter and Gina Harkins contributed to this report.