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A protester holds a lit candle in front of a portrait of slain Filipino transgender Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude during a rally at the University of the Philippines campus in October. Pic: AP.

Filipino family wants US Marine in local jail during trial

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 1:59PM UTC Comments Off A protester holds a lit candle in front of a portrait of slain Filipino transgender Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude during a rally at the University of the Philippines campus in October. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Marine charged with killing a transgender Filipino woman has been brought back to the city where the attack occurred two months ago, and lawyers of the victim say they will seek his detention in a local jail during his murder trial....

Philippines: NUJP calls for random inspections of Ampatuan jail

By Fri, Dec 19, 2014 7:36AM UTC Comments Off Roman Catholic priest Fr. Robert Reyes blesses the site of the massacre of 57 people including 32 journalists and staff at Maguindanao. Pic: AP.

The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) wants random and unscheduled inspection of the detention facilities where the suspects in the Ampatuan Massacre are now being held....

Philippines rebels say they will attack govt forces despite truce

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 3:56PM UTC Comments Off Philippines rebels say they will attack govt forces despite truce

Communist rebels in the Philippines say they will attack government forces conducting peace and development operations despite the unilateral order of President Benigno Aquino III for the suspension of military and police operations (SOMO) against the New People’s Army....

Philippine communist rebels announce cease-fire for Pope visit

By Wed, Dec 17, 2014 6:03PM UTC Comments Off Communist rebels march during a meeting between government officials and New People's Army in the mountains of Surigao del Sur, southern Philippines. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine communist rebels have declared cease-fire periods for the Christmas holidays and for the visit of Pope Francis next month....

Manila seeks custody of US Marine in trandgender murder case

By Wed, Dec 17, 2014 12:31PM UTC Comments Off A protester holds a lit candle in front of a portrait of slain Filipino transgender Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude during a rally at the University of the Philippines campus in October. Pic: AP.

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....

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