Protests are scheduled for Tuesday, 1 Dec in various parts of the Philippines, including Manila and Olongapo.
The verdict in the Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton case is expected to be announced today by the Olongapo City Regional Trial Court.
The high-profile trial of the American Marine accused of killing a Filipino transgender in a motel last year comes to a conclusion when Judge Roline Ginez-Jabalde hands down her verdict today.
US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was charged with murder for the death of transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude on the evening of Oct. 11, 2014.
Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino said security will be tight at the Hall of Justice with some 1,000 policemen expected to be deployed to secure the perimeter of the court as well as Pemberton.
Private prosecutor Virgie Suarez told media that two rallies will be held today – one in Mendiola, Manila starting at 10 a.m. until the promulgation time, and another in front of the Hall of Justice here starting at 7 a.m.
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