Was Jeffrey Laude a prostitute who concealed his true gender in the practice of his trade?

As expected, gay activists are now all over the case of the murder of transgender Jeffrey ‘Jennifer’ Laude. According to Benjamin Pimentel who wrote about the incident in the context of Gay Pride in his Inquirer piece Death of a Filipino transgender, “Despite progress and victories on many fronts, violence is still a frightening reality for [the LGBT] community. This is particularly true for an institution that is poised to play, once again, a bigger role in Philippine affairs, the US military,” after citing the case of the death of Jeffrey Laude allegedly in the hands of a US military serviceman on shore leave in Olongapo City. Pimentel further writes, “Details of the murder have yet to surface, but it wouldn’t be unreasonable to speculate that this gruesome crime is rooted in a culture of narrow, violent machismo.”

US Navy in the Philippines: Neck deep in the proverbial brown stuff
US Navy in the Philippines: Neck deep in the proverbial brown stuff
Perhaps. But what Pimentel conveniently omitted in his piece was the possibility that Laude had possibly deceived the suspect who, presumably, was looking forward to a roll in the sack with a Filipino woman. The testimony of Laude’s companion on the night of his murder makes it highly likely that the US soldier who allegedly killed Laude is a heterosexual male expecting a heterosexual encounter. Mark Clarence Gelviro, was reportedly asked by Laude “to leave before the foreigner could discover that they were transgenders.”

Add to that an even more recent Inquirer report that Laude had a German boyfriend “of two years” that he had met over the Internet and that they were planning to marry in Thailand as soon as they had finished “working on their documents to finalize their union.”

Why then would Laude be accompanying a US Marine to a hotel room in Olongapo City on the night of his murder if he was already engaged to his German boyfriend?

Some clues to consider lie in the way his relatives described him. They reportedly described him as the family “breadwinner” who was “paying for the education of youngest sibling Rex, and also provided for their family’s other needs.” So the rather confronting answer to the above question as to why he was with a US Marine that night is the possibility that Laude was engaged in prostitution and other, shall we say, technologically-enabled income-generating activites that may necessarily involve foreign men from affluent countries.

Prostitution, defined by Philippine Law as “any act, transaction, scheme or design involving the use of a person by another, for sexual intercourse or lascivious conduct in exchange for money, profit or any other consideration,” is illegal in the Philippines. Sex workers are regarded as “vagrants” under Article 202 of the Philippines’ Revised Penal Code (RPC). Heavy penalties for people convicted of engaging in prostitution are also spelt out in Article 341, “The penalty of prision mayor in its medium and maximum period shall be imposed upon any person who, in any manner, or under any pretext, shall engage in the business or shall profit by prostitution or shall enlist the services of any other for the purpose of prostitution.”

This, of course, does not excuse perpetrators of homicide. However, it would be prudent for Philippine activists to refrain from being too quick to turn Laude into a posterboy for their causes and the entirety of the US military the bad guy in this media circus.

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tail buster
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I really like your point of view benign0. With all due respect with the LGBT community, indeed they will jump on the situation as this to dramatize their cause at the expense of Jeffrey Laude.

alan
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yes, sad for me to say but justice has been served.

Sea Bee
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@alan: Pardon me, I do not quite understand what you mean by “justice has been served.” Please clarify.

alan
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“yes, sad for me to say but justice [may have] been served.” edit added.
street justice, retributive justice (yes i know) … and plz lets not go any further with theories of justice or I will be citing Hart.
ty SeeBee

Joe Marine
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Jeffrey did not deserve to die,however she should have told the Marine I think you are a hunk and would like to go out with you but understand that my friend and I have a dick and that would have been the end of the storey.

Mmmm
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I share your point of view actually. I do not excuse what the suspect did but I also don’t condone lies and infidelity (might be the case here). If only Laude’s been truthful in the first place. Anyway, RIP to her.

jack
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Or RIP to him.

Sea Bee
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@Mmmm: .What is the point of view that you share? Be specific

I don't give a shit
Guest

I think she said it. You’re trying to troll her into making a polarizing statement so you can argue. FAIL

Sea Bee
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The lame brain said she doesn’t excuse the murder but she doesn’t condone the lies, either. So what the point of view? Lying and murder are both wrong; therefore their behavior is understandable? Liars deserve to be murdered? Lying and murder are equal as crimes? She apparently believes what the previous airhead said that justice has been served. What does that mean? That a sexual impersonator being murdered represents an appropriate punishment for the gravity of the offense. No point in a judge. Just let the two people involved, work it out.

liliqouis
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This isn,t the first time this year violence has been done to a member of the LGBT community. Just recently, in a similar crime,a Cielo Mercado,another transgendered woman from Caloocan was stabbed 18 times and there hasn’t been any fuss about the case. And even a few months before that, two homosexuals were also murdered in their own homes, also by men.In fact, nothing has been done about both cases apart from a few features in the news.Why all this fuss now? Are these activists selective of the causes they fight for?

dick o'rosary
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Its big news because it was a foreigner who killed the transgendered person and we all know that the Filipinos are more racist than the nazis.

Sea Bee
Guest

There is an absolute double standard when it comes to foreigners. 100,000 underage women give birth in this country every year and nobody even raises an eyebrow. However, if one foreigner molests an underage person, it makes the headlines.

Dave
Guest

Does the Philippines operate a sex offenders register, or even amateur websites dedicated to informing people of predators in their midst (e.g. ukpaedos-exposed.com).

When I’ve searched for these things to see the situation in the country where my future kids might grow up, as well as my neices and nephews, all I find is news stories about child pornography rings being busted, and presumably only because foreign authorities got involved.

Gogs
Member

I always harp on the same thing. Nobody but nobody ever suffers any legal consequences for DUI/ DWI here. Probably never happens so there is no one to catch. What more registered sex offenders , we won’t even get to Big Lebowski level with John Tarturro.

nelson
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kung ang mga bakla ay hindi palandi landi pag makakita ng magandang lalaki ay hindi mang yayari ito kung sinabi agad ni laude na sya ay bakla hindi sya papatulan ni pendelton ngayon binigyan nila ng kahihiya yung tao dahil sa ginawa ng putang bakla dapat hulihin yung kasamang bakla at ikulong dahil bawal ang prostitution sa pinas at yung bar ay dapat pasarado dahil pinapayagan nila at hindi sinasabi sa mga customer na bakla yung kasama ni pendelton ngayon kinu kuwartahan na nila ang americano 38 million at 6 visa hindi worth it yun bigyan lang ng 10.000 pesos… Read more »
skeptic
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liliqouis, not selective who they fight for, but selective who they fight against.

Jessy
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Exactly

jarvis
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Maybe, they just want to make sure that the Philippine government doesn’t let the killer go just because he is a US Navy personnel. And so what if Laude deceived the man, is that an allowable excuse for murder?

tictac
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errrr… i wouldn’t say it’s an allowable excuse but I wouldn’t blame the guy for committing such an act which was probably because of anger and anguish after discovering that he had a homosexual encounter with someone who he THOUGHT AND BELIEVED was heterosexual.

If you gave a Muslim a Beef bun and he ate it then he discovered he was deceived and it was actually a pork bun, how do you think he would react?

This could very well be not about the LGBT community but about how one man was deceived.

alan
Guest

“…not about the LGBT community but about how one man was deceived” – that is how I see it, no bullshit.

nod if you agree
Member

I agree.

Forget about the suspect and the victims nationality for 1 minute.

We have 2 victims here actually, 1 is dead and the other one probably scarred for life.

This is clearly a Crime of Passion and not a Hate Crime as the LGBT community wants the public to believe.

As Benigno stated in this post, Philippine activists should “refrain from being too quick to turn Laude into a posterboy for their causes and the entirety of the US military the bad guy in this media circus”.

alan
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nodding “…Philippine activists should refrain from …

Sea Bee
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@tictac: You wrote: “…it is not allowable…I do not blame him.” Which is it? You are being contradictory. If you do not blame him, then it should be allowable. Are you saying that you understand his rage; but that does not give him the right to strangle the victim to death. If you gave a Muslim a pork bun disguised as beef, he would certainly be annoyed. However, that does not give the Muslim the right to cut off the head of the sandwich vendor. The marine’s psychopathic response to being deceived was way over the top. Claiming the victim… Read more »
alan
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killer – A killer is someone or something that kills
kills – The act of causing the death of a living organism
excuse – a reason or explanation put forward to defend or justify a fault or offense.
Jarvis – g@g@?

hint – if you want to make hetero sexual intimacy a game, loosing can mean death.

Sea Bee
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@alan: “if you want to make hetero sexual intimacy a game, loosing can mean death.” Imagine if you will, a soldier is coming on to a young lady. They leave together. They go to the hotel. they strip and go to bed. Unfortunately, the man has drunk too much and he cannot get an erection. The woman is really pissed and claimed that the man promised a great time and was not able to deliver. She calls him a “limp dick!” and hits him over the head with a bottle. He falls down, hits his head and dies. Was the… Read more »
alan
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From the article title -> “Was Jeffrey Laude a prostitute who concealed his true gender in the practice of his trade?” i don’t want to make hetero intimacy a game, perhaps Laude did? and if so, that may have been his fatal mistake. Myself and some others commenter are only acknowledging what might have happened. You know, like 1)gravity, 2)entropy, 3)the speed of light,=> 4)human nature and I am not attempting to be defense attorneys. So I won’t address your question “In what way in this case different?” except to say men manipulate the environment and woman manipulate men. I… Read more »
CCC
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Just wondering sea bee, are you a guy or a girl?

alan
Guest

killer, excuse, murder …..
“And so what if Laude deceived the man..”
huh?
wtf – your comment can’t be real. No human could say “…so what if Laude deceived the man..” oh wait … pinoy ka? or LGBT member ka?

jarvis
Guest

So you think he/she deserved to be killed?

alan
Guest

with respect to you, you know the answer to your question and for clarity see ‘psychiatric reduction’ below.
Jarvis, what is with your pseudo-intellectualism, step up brother/sister. This is GRP, not KSQP (keep the status quo Philippines).

jarvis
Guest

No pseudo-intellectualism here, just asking questions, what do you mean when you say “this is GRP”? a place where we still think like medieval times? Where someone who commit fraud should be sent to the guillotine?

Mr. Yoso
Guest

true…

Sea Bee
Guest

I know it is difficult for a person like you to express themselves with more than one word; but exactly what is it that you think is true?

Mr. Yoso
Guest

true.

Q Belul
Guest

The tone of your article (above) makes it seem you believe the victim deserved to be brutally murdered.

triple r
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supposed world’s most powerful military can’t even conduct intelligence to make an informational video or fact sheet warning troops that there could be undercover trannies in olangapo or subic? well, what does one expect from the same military-industrial complex that brought the world the war against saddam (who it turns out had no weapons of mass destruction)? i say first world people should be held up to first world standards. the US clearly could have and should have known that there could be lying trannies in olangapo and subic and could have and should have warned its testosterone-charged troops to… Read more »
ChinoF
Member

Hey, there was the video about 20 Things I Hate about the Philippines, and so many other warnings. The Marine probably got wind of these. So it looks like the US military needs an informational campaign.

ChinoF
Member

Or rather, The Marine failed to get wind of these warnings. Correction there.

triple r
Guest
wow! the responses on this article have been all over the place. i can only guess at the root of these responses. 1. GI Joe should be tried — he killed a person. if the philippines even wants to claim that it is an equal partner to the US as to the vfa it must request and insist on custody of the alleged perpetrator for further investigation and trial. we did it with smith why should this case be any different? 2. i want to guess that all the arguments for justifying the killing of the tranny (the marine was… Read more »
Kevin
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As a heterosexual male, if this happened to me, i wouldn’t resort to murdering the victim, but i would surely beat him/her up real bad. Maybe the US marine just wanted to beat up the victim and didn’t mean to kill him/her. I would understand his situation because i would really be angry too. And we all know how people can be blinded and lose all sense of reason when filled with anger. Sure there are certain markets for transexual prostitutes, but they are a niche group. If the victim was truthful from the very start, maybe he/she would still… Read more »
Sea Bee
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Many of these comments fall along the lines of: “Don’t make people angry. When people get angry, anything can happen.” This shows a misunderstanding of the dynamics of anger.

People get angry because they are clinging to unrealistic expectations. When those expectations are not fulfilled, they become disappointed. That disappointment manifests itself as anger. The anger is the fault of the angry person; NOT the person who supposedly incited it.

Someone
Guest

How is expecting a heterosexual sexual encounter an unrealistic expectation?

Sea Bee
Guest

The unrealistic expectation is thinking that you can pick up some stranger in a bar and take them to a hotel and have a STD free experience without someone trying to rob and scam you. If that does not happen; you have been very lucky. Expecting every casual sexual encounter to be a wonderful experience is crazy and is setting yourself up for disappointment (anger).

Flim-Flam MAN
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The scenario is exactly that the U.S. Serviceman thought the guy was actually a Woman. When he found out Laude wasn’t a Woman, and that Laude was scamming him, and thus making a fool out of him: The Marine murdered the ‘Hoe’. Laude practiced to deceive and paid a heavy price, way too heavy a price for what he/she was doing, but the tangled web he/she weaved is the result of the deception he/she purposely engaged in. The U.S> Marine will never be put in a Filipino jail cell and MAYBE will see a U.S. ‘Courts Martial’, but then again,… Read more »
Hyden Toro2083
Guest

Green Cards to U.S.A for his/her family can be very enticing…like the Smith/Nicolas case of rape…

AntiHomophobe
Guest

What garbage – the police discovered 2 used condoms in the room. The guy had obviously a lot of fun prior to killing her.

Someone
Guest

I’ve been in motel rooms in the Philippines where i found used condoms in the garbage bin from previous customers. Not all places there are sanitary. Benefit of the doubt my friend.

WhoKnows
Guest

Only one condom was traced with a “fresh” semen 🙂

Lu
Guest

The american should be busted. If he was fooled, slap the the other dude down hard core. Dont kill him. I DO have a problem with the pandering though. Laude had a d#ck and a set of b#lls. That qualifies “her” as a “he” to me. I dont care what he thinks he is, biology rules, legally.

hawkeye
Guest

They can and do remove the dick and balls. But even then they possess X and Y chromosomes and thus remain male. Nutcases.

Kemeo
Guest

I’am appalled on how some people here are justifying homicide/physical violence tendencies on the grounds of having a prostitute (allegedly) be discovered as a transgender. Critical thinking just took a really big hit.

You decided to buy one? then prepare to take the risk. (STD, getting mugged, transgender) If you can’t handle it then just surf porn and go fap with yourself.

And yes the media isn’t exactly divulging the whole picture here, but hey that is just media being media. The crux of the matter is someone was killed and therefore someone must be charged with homicide.

nod if you agree
Guest
“I’am appalled on how some people here are justifying homicide/physical violence tendencies on the grounds of having a prostitute (allegedly) be discovered as a transgender. Critical thinking just took a really big hit.” I don’t anybody is justifying murder / violence, just sharing opinions. Nobody could really understand why the suspect wasn’t able to tell the difference between a transgender and real woman (maybe he had too much juice) and why his rage was so uncontrollable that it resulted in murder. If you were in his shoes , would you be able to stop yourself from inflicting injury on the… Read more »
nod if you agree
Guest

*think

Kemeo
Guest

If I were in his shoes I would walk away from the situation and not risk the FUBAR that would follow had I laid a hand on him/her/it.

Hypocritical? maybe, but that is what the colored grey thingy inside my head tells me to do right now.

And for the record your opinion now is what I meant by justifying it. (putting yourself in other people’s shoes)

nod if you agree
Member

Hi,
The reason I asked the question “If you were in his shoes..” is that nobody can really give an honest answer to that. Not you, not me, no one can answer that without sounding (as you put it) “Hypocritical”.
Again, I am not justifying the murder. I just don’t to encourage the idea that this is a crime of hate, A killed B because A got enraged about something B did. Please don’t make look like A killed B because B was a consonant, and A hated consonants in general.

jarvis
Guest

Yeah, it seems homophobia runs rampant among GRP fans.

alan
Guest

justify?
reasonable?
critical thinking?
psychiatric reduction!

Pathologically speaking, if you awaken into a reality other then the one in which you believed you were operating, a psychotic episode may occur(resulting in homicide); and if drugs were involved well all sensibility is gone.
Ladyboys/shemales … have been labeled as ‘entertainers’, pretending to be…. , playing ‘make belive’ … i don’t validate any one of them. A ‘[niche market]’.

Kemeo
Guest

Wait so he’s drunk and taking drugs now? The story sure is growing by the minute. 😀

Frankly I don’t care the circumstances he’s in when he did that. The fact that he did it means he committed homicide.

I don’t really know what you were trying to tell me here. But as far as I know being under any influence does not excuse anyone for killing/beating anyone. Drunk or under drugs, female or transgender.

ChinoF
Member

Yeah, unfortunately, some people trying to see it from the “killer’s point of view” is not helping.

T
Guest
ok, let’s try some (trans)gender reversal. you’re a homosexual male and want to have a good time. you pick out some young man, hit on him for hours and because you two ‘click’ you decide to take it to the bedroom. while making out, you reach down and discover that your partner isnt packing a package. Isnt it just plain false advertising not to declare your anatomical gender before engaging in such acts? Not to mention unfair to your partner? It doesnt matter if youre straight or gay, it works both ways. If you love your partner too much to… Read more »
Hyden Toro2083
Guest

If that law on prostitution would be imposed in our country. The Jails would be overflowing with prostitutes and their patrons.

Child prostitution, and other kinds of prostitutions are tourist attractions in our country… some of the Police, also sideline as “bugaws”…

The killing of Laude is a tragedy. However, it is a lesson for those people in the prostitution trade; that you cannot get away from deceiving people, and committing fraud…you may pay for your life in some instances…like this one…

ChinoF
Member

More like the pimps and the ringleaders of prostitution get jailed, while the prostitutes themselves get real jobs.

Jessy
Guest
First, there is no excuse for murder. However, a lot of things that may have lead to the act must be considered. I am gay, and though I don’t engage in prostitution, a lot of my friends do, so I have an idea how the trade goes. The GI, after learning about him being a transgender could simply ask him to leave and it’s not necessarily a bad thing, it is within his right. However, IF (a big IF) Laude is indeed a prostitute, then it must follow that he was in it for the money. What if, after being… Read more »
Hyden Toro2073
Guest

“Honesty is the best policy.” If you are gay or transgender…tell it to your patrons. He may enjoy the “blow job”; or try to sample to have sex with a transgender. Who knows, you may do a better job…

However, pretending to have the same sex tool as a Genuine Woman is Fraud…

If you sell, deliver the true goods; not “phony” ones…

jarvis
Guest

“If you sell, deliver the true goods; not “phony” ones…” – or else die?

Hyden Toro556
Guest

Troll harder…

yup
Guest

You have a problem delivering the goods now, eh Jarvis?

Sea Bee
Guest

Wow….A few of you seem to feel that someone who commits fraud or deceit deserves death. That seems to be a odd attitude for people who live in a society that is riddled with dishonesty from top to bottom. The real feeling that you hold is that he deserved death because he was a transgender; but you don’t have the guts to admit it. Say it. Stop beating around the bush. Gays should be killed. They deserve death. Stop the BS. Be honest.

Hyden Toro556
Guest

No one deserve death…I say it again: if you commit Fraud, or Deceive someone. You invite the outrage of people whom you deceived; it can lead to them to killing you.

Please don’t twist my words and sentences to your advantage…

Sea Bee
Guest

…or it can lead them to elect you to the post of mayor of Manila.

Personally, I have had bottles thrown at me, bullets shot at me, my property vandalized, people screaming insults and threats and the most outrageous thing I have ever done is to walk down the street with my arm around my lover.

Halu-halu
Guest

Although we are not sure that Laude is practicing prostitution to make ends meet, in my opinion it is quite frustrating if anyone who had committed a crime in the Phils could not be tried in the Philippine court. The discussion here I think should not be contained in the discourse of gender/deception/prostitution. Regardless of the tragic incident that happened, I guess we really need to revisit some points of the Visiting Forces Agreement to ensure that the agreement is not really one-sided.

Kemeo
Guest

Indeed, the way I heard it from the news the VFA gives the Philippines 1 year for the trial of any US servicemen regardless if its a heinous crime or not.

After 1 year the US government has no duty to produce the aforementioned accused to our government. With the Philippine’s justice system as it is I’d say that’s pretty much a free pass for committing any crimes.

hawkeye
Guest

What’s with all this he/she reference shit? It has X and Y chromosomes. It’s a he no matter how you dress it up!

Sea Bee
Guest

You seem to be angry. What exactly are you angry about?

AntiHomophobe
Guest

It’s very frustrating but one has to accept the fact that bigots, racists and ignorant homophobes without a functioning brain seem to represent the majority – at least in this forum.

AntiHomophobe
Guest

The mostly homophobic comments here center around justifiable anger due to the ladyboy deceiving the guy by pretending to be a woman.
All of you might reconsider since 2 USED condoms have been found in the room.
Draw your own conclusions and engage your brain

nod if you agree
Member

#no hate but “2 USED condoms have been found in the room”
-Used by whom? The motel wasn’t exactly the HILTON.

“Draw your own conclusions and engage your brain”
#no hate

Winky
Guest

Ok, assuming the two used condoms were from the Marine, cross dressing prostitute was giving head? Anal?

Pallacertus
Guest

None of us knows what exactly transpired between Laude and Pemberton in that motel room. None of us knows if the condoms found on the crime scene were used by Pemberton and Laude.

We can reasonably assume, given the information that we do have, that Pemberton engaged Laude’s sexual services. Anything more is building bias upon bias.

Winky
Guest

Ok, I’ll say it. This ladyboy was a lying piece of $hit and Nobody really gives a flying f@ck that he’s dead. He wasn’t shot with a firearm while unarmed, he wasn’t stabbed stabbed in the back, he willingly chose to “challenge” another man’s honor and he lost. End of story, the fag is dead.

Sea Bee
Guest

At least your honest. These other hypocritical homophobes haven’t got the guts to admit what bigots they are.

Winky
Guest

Yeah I guess I am. For most guys, the mere thought into being duped and making out with another guy is so f@cking disgusting and nasty. In tagalog, nakakadire and nakakapangilabot.

J
Guest

the tranny may have committed a crime(prostitution) but is already dead..
the marine committed a crime(murder) and should be punished(be it the Phil. or in the US)
end of story..
why make it something big? looks like they just want the attention

Sea Bee
Guest

@J: You wrote, “looks like they just want the attention”. Who is “they”? The family and friends of the murdered man?

You wrote, “why make it something big?” After all, life is cheap in the Philippines. Compared to 50 journalist snuffed out in Mindanao; this is small time stuff.

J
Guest

LGBT and others who are making so much noise because of this
they should focus their attention on more important stuff

this is small time stuff and yet a lot of people are making a big fuzz about it and it is all over the news

Dave
Guest

Including all over GRP, who ‘beg to differ.’ I guess nothing else of importance is happening in the country this week. Or they’re just hungry for the clicks.

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