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PEMBERTON ADMITS CHOKING JENNIFER LAUDE, BUT DID NOT INTEND TO KILL HER
[The defense began presenting its case last week by calling as its first witness Lisa Pemberton, the 44-year-old nurse and mother of the defendant. Under the Visiting Forces Agreement between the two countries, the case must be resolved within a year.]


AUGUST 24 -Pemberton told Judge Roline Ginez-Jabalde that he had gotten drunk while on furlough in this city and had been deceived into believing that Laude and the transgender’s companion Mark Clarence “Barbie” Caguioa Gelviro were female sex workers. STAR/Philstar.com/File His sister is a lesbian and he’s not a homophobe. And he was a victim of deception by a sex worker, whom he choked in self-defense in a fit of “passion and obfuscation” but did not intend to kill. These were the arguments presented by US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton as he took the stand yesterday at the Regional Trial Court Branch 74 in this city to defend himself in the killing of Filipino transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude in October last year. Pemberton told Judge Roline Ginez-Jabalde that he had gotten drunk while on furlough in this city and had been deceived into believing that Laude and the transgender’s companion Mark Clarence “Barbie” Caguioa Gelviro were female sex workers. A source said Gelviro, a prosecution witness in the murder case, first gave Pemberton oral sex twice. Gelviro did not mention this in his testimony. Laude followed, but Pemberton managed to feel the transgender’s genitals. Shocked, Pemberton testified that he pushed back Laude, who slapped him, prompting the serviceman to choke the transgender. Pemberton said he pulled the transgender to the toilet and doused him with water in an attempt to revive him. When Laude appeared lifeless, Pemberton left the transgender slumped over the toilet. READ MORE...

ALSO: P1 billion lost to 'Ineng' in Ilocos Norte; 17 dead, more missing mostly due to landslides


AUGUST 27 -Distribution. Navy & Coast Guard men unload relief goods from two landing craft in San Fernando, La Union, for distribution to the areas in the Ilocos that were devastated by Typhoon Ineng. Christine Junio
DISASTER officials confirmed Wednesday that Benguet province was under a state of calamity and that Typhoon Ineng had destroyed more than P1 billion worth of infrastructure and crops further north, in Ilocos Norte. The Office of Civil Defense in Cordillera said the typhoon left 17 people dead and 12 more missing in the region. Communication and power supply had been restored except in some isolated municipalities. Sixteen national roads, however, were still closed to traffic and clearing operations in affected areas were still ongoing.  All evacuation centers in the region are now closed except some in Baguio City with 19 families or 88 individuals. A total of 2,100 families or 19,713 individuals were affected by Typhoon Ineng, which also destroyed 21 houses and damaged 146 homes. The Agriculture Department reported that initial estimates reveal more than P83 million in agricultural products were damaged. Benguet Electric Cooperative reported an initial cost of damages at more than P5 million. The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) on the other hand, reported an initial cost of repairs at P311 M.  READ MORE...

ALSO In Toronto: 110,000 foodies pig out at summer event  ‘Taste of Manila’


AUGUST 27 -Delicious smells wafting from the food stalls draw hungry patrons. PHOTOS BY MARISA ROQUE
 TORONTO, Ontario — Filipinos adore fiestas no matter what part of the world they happen to be in, and Taste of Manila 2015 was one tremendously successful fiesta for sure.The heady combination of hot summer sun, enticing cooking aromas and cool Filipino music was just the magnet for drawing record numbers of festival goers to the Bathurst and Wilson corridor in Toronto’s North York area.For two gorgeous summer days (August 22 and 23), Taste of Manila 2015 was a gourmand’s paradise for over 110,000 foodies of every shape, size and ethnicity. More than 200 colorful tents housed food vendors and merchants of Filipino products, not to mention service providers that cater to the Filipino Canadian, such as banks, money remittance companies, immigration consultants, education providers and door-to-door balikbayan box delivery services.The food vendors drew the most queues, and attendees chewed and guzzled, chomped and slurped their way from one end of the festival route, the intersection of Bathurst and Wilson, and north on Bathurst to Laurelcrest four blocks away. Both the north and southbound lanes on Bathurst were closed to traffic, and most of the side streets were blocked off so festival goers could park and walk to the event. READ MORE...

ALSO: Cebu graduate tops doctors’ exam


AUGUST 27 -ANDREW CHUA TIU  Tiu CEBU CITY, Philippines – A magna cum laude graduate of the Cebu Institute of Medicine (CIM) topped this year’s physician licensure exam given by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) earlier this month. A total of 2,491 out of 2,921 passed the exam, with Andrew Chua Tiu getting the highest score of 90.67 percent. “We are very happy after finding out that I got the number one (rating). I did not even expect to pass. I am really thankful to God,” Tiu said in an interview with the Freeman yesterday. Tiu said the exam was difficult and he did not expect to top it. “Just like any other student, I studied hard, went back to basics. But I think the special thing is that it is a big blessing from God. I could not have done this without Him,” he said, as he also thanked his family and friends for their support. Yesterday, the PRC released the results of the licensure examination provided by the Board of Medicine in the cities of Manila, Cebu and Davao. READ MORE...

ALSO: Gunmen attack broadcaster Anthony Taberna's coffee shop


AUGUST 28 -The coffee shop owned by broadcaster Anthony Taberna has only been operating for a week when unidentified gunmen attacked the establishment early Friday. ABS-CBN PR
— Unidentified gunmen fired at the coffee shop owned by ABS-CBN broadcaster Anthony Taberna early Friday. According to a report from radio dzMM, eight caliber .45 bullets hit Ka Tunying's Cafe in Visayas Avenue in Quezon City while 15 bullet shells were recovered around the area. Footage from the cafe's surveillance camera showed four suspects riding motorcycles in front of the establishment. Two of them alighted from the motorcycle and started firing at the building. Taberna said that the suspects are only intending to threaten him and not to inflict harm. "Kung ang gusto talaga nila dito ay manakit, to inflict harm on anyone, ay gagawin nila ito sa ibang araw, oras o kaya ay hanapin nila kung sino ang nandito, baka may magawa sa loob o tyempuhan nila na nandito ako," Taberna said. The Quezon City Police District is currently looking into the identity and motives of the suspects. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.


READ FULL MEDIA REPORTS HERE:

Pemberton admits choking transgender, but had no intent to kill  


Pemberton told Judge Roline Ginez-Jabalde that he had gotten drunk while on furlough in this city and had been deceived into believing that Laude and the transgender’s companion Mark Clarence “Barbie” Caguioa Gelviro were female sex workers. STAR/Philstar.com/File

OLONGAPO, PH, AUGUST 31, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Bebot Sison Jr.– His sister is a lesbian and he’s not a homophobe. And he was a victim of deception by a sex worker, whom he choked in self-defense in a fit of “passion and obfuscation” but did not intend to kill.

These were the arguments presented by US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton as he took the stand yesterday at the Regional Trial Court Branch 74 in this city to defend himself in the killing of Filipino transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude in October last year.

Pemberton told Judge Roline Ginez-Jabalde that he had gotten drunk while on furlough in this city and had been deceived into believing that Laude and the transgender’s companion Mark Clarence “Barbie” Caguioa Gelviro were female sex workers.

A source said Gelviro, a prosecution witness in the murder case, first gave Pemberton oral sex twice. Gelviro did not mention this in his testimony.

Laude followed, but Pemberton managed to feel the transgender’s genitals. Shocked, Pemberton testified that he pushed back Laude, who slapped him, prompting the serviceman to choke the transgender.

Pemberton said he pulled the transgender to the toilet and doused him with water in an attempt to revive him. When Laude appeared lifeless, Pemberton left the transgender slumped over the toilet.

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Lawyer Harry Roque, one of the private prosecutors for the Laude family, gave details of Pemberton’s testimony in a press briefing.

“Pemberton told the court he thought Laude just lost consciousness after he strangled her, which he considered an act of self-defense,” Roque told the media.

Lead defense lead lawyer Rowena Flores emailed The STAR that Pemberton’s testimony was meant to prove that the qualifying circumstances of treachery, abuse of superior strength and cruelty were not present in the case.

Flores said the deception by Laude and the shock of discovering that Pemberton was having sex with a man “caused passion and obfuscation” on the part of the US serviceman and “he did not intend to commit so grave a wrong.”

Pemberton, Flores said, “acted in self-defense and to protect his honor and life… and acted in immediate vindication of the wrong done to him.”

“Jennifer succeeded in committing such acts of lasciviousness by deceiving Pemberton or by fraudulent machination,” Flores emailed The STAR.

Yesterday’s testimony was meant to show that Pemberton is not liable for the death of Jennifer, Flores explained.

Roque said Laude’s mother Julita was fuming mad while Pemberton was giving his testimony.

Flores said Pemberton is an ordinary man like most men his age and has never been charged with a crime.

The lawyer also said Pemberton has never been involved in any trouble in school or in his community. His sister is a lesbian and he gets along with gays, Flores added.

Pemberton was described in court as a victim of fraud committed by a sex worker who was seven years older than him. He was described as neither an alcoholic nor a habitual drinker, but he was drunk on the night of the killing while Laude was not.


PEMBERTON AND JENNIFER LAUDE

The US serviceman was also described to have never been involved in a physical fight until the night with Laude.

Pemberton and his Marine buddies were on liberty on Oct. 11 last year after participating in joint exercises with the Philippine military when they met Laude at the Ambyanz Night Life Bar located along Magsaysay Avenue in this city.

The two were seen checking in at the nearby Celzone Lodge where Laude was later found dead in the motel’s toilet.

The prosecution wrapped up its presentation of evidence and witnesses on June 29.

The defense began presenting its case last week by calling as its first witness Lisa Pemberton, the 44-year-old nurse and mother of the defendant.

Under the Visiting Forces Agreement between the two countries, the case must be resolved within a year. – With Ric Sapnu


MANILA STANDARD

P1b lost to Ineng in Ilocos Norte By Vito Barcelo, Sandy Araneta, PNA | Aug. 27, 2015 at 12:01am


Distribution. Navy and Coast Guard men unload relief goods from two landing craft in San Fernando, La Union, for distribution to the areas in the Ilocos that were devastated by Typhoon Ineng. Christine Junio

DISASTER officials confirmed Wednesday that Benguet province was under a state of calamity and that Typhoon Ineng had destroyed more than P1 billion worth of infrastructure and crops further north, in Ilocos Norte.

The Office of Civil Defense in Cordillera said the typhoon left 17 people dead and 12 more missing in the region.

Communication and power supply had been restored except in some isolated municipalities.

Sixteen national roads, however, were still closed to traffic and clearing operations in affected areas were still ongoing.

All evacuation centers in the region are now closed except some in Baguio City with 19 families or 88 individuals.

A total of 2,100 families or 19,713 individuals were affected by Typhoon Ineng, which also destroyed 21 houses and damaged 146 homes.

The Agriculture Department reported that initial estimates reveal more than P83 million in agricultural products were damaged.

The Benguet Electric Cooperative reported an initial cost of damages at more than P5 million.

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) on the other hand, reported an initial cost of repairs at P311 million.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) pegged damage to infrastructure at P47.8 million.

In hard-hit Ilocos Norte, estimates of the damage to agriculture and infrastructure climbed to more than P1 billion, the provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Council said.

This consisted of P84 million worth of damage to agriculture and P990 million to infrastructure.

“Clearly, hundreds of millions will be required to restore agriculture and infrastructure in the province,” said Gov. Imee R. Marcos during a press conference.

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Some 85 hectares of farm field in the province have been destroyed, with rice sustaining the greatest damage at P61.2 million, followed by high value crops at P4.7 million, corn at P2.7 million and fisheries at P3.9 million.

Norma Lagmay of the Provincial Agriculture Office said an inventory of available seeds was being conducted and these would be distributed to help farmers recover faster.

“We have already a prepositioned 3,150 hybrid and inbred seeds and the Department of Agriculture will provide an additional 1,500 seeds,” Lagmay said.

The livestock industry in the province reported P2.9 million in damage.

“The damage has now reached a billion and counting. The DPWH, NIA, provincial, municipal and barangay roads are completely scoured,” Marcos said.


Residents cross a mountainside temporary road after a portion of the national highway was destroyed by landslides due to heavy rains brought about by typhoon Goni, in Lidlidda town, Ilocos Sur province, northern Philippines on Aug. 24. Also, Rescue teams clawed away at a mountainside near the remote mining town of Mankayan in the country’s north, after recovering the bodies of 13 miners buried by a landslide that struck the area two days earlier. “The landslide buried miners sheltering in huts used as a rest area. The slope collapsed after being saturated with rain,” Ivy Carasi, a spokeswoman for the civil defense office in the region, told AFP COURTESY OF BUSINESS WORLD.

The province had been suffering from a prolonged dry spell before Ineng hit the province, so some pond liners and other drought alleviation equipment were also damaged by the typhoon, said Erwin Cariño of the Millenium Development Goals Office.

“The worst typhoons in the province come in during September and October. There is a complete rethinking right now because our dikes, spillways, water containment are damaged and our farmers are scared to plant right away,” said Marcos.

Earlier, the provincial government placed the entire Ilocos Norte under a state of calamity. Marcos has already sought assistance from the national government in terms of medicines, agriculture, relief and immediate attention to damage in the infrastructure brought about by Ineng.

Vice President Jejomar Binay slammed the national government for failing to provide the infrastructure needs of the Ilocos province to prevent flooding.

Binay, who visited Ilocos Norte, vowed to extend assistance to affected families, adding that provinces of politicians at odds with the Aquino administration are being left out in terms of infrastructure.

Binay noted that the government allotted P125 billion to Iloilo, bailiwick of Liberal Party stalwart and Senate President Franklin Drilon and “hundreds of millions” of pesos for Batanes, home province of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, but allocated much less to provinces that were not under the administration.

The Palace denied Binay’s accusation.

“The allocation of funds for the provinces passes through approval of the House of Representatives composed of all congressional districts from all over the country. They are given a chance to review how they would distribute these resources,” said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., during a press briefing at the Palace.

Coloma said President Benigno Aquino III had cited several examples of provinces that were supported, even though their leaders did not belong to the Liberal Party.

This included the provinces of Apayao, Negros Occidental and Pampanga, he said. Vito Barcelo, Sandy Araneta, PNA


INQUIRER

110,000 foodies pig out at Toronto’s ‘Taste of Manila’ By: Marisa Roque @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net U.S. Bureau/Toronto Correspondent 01:22 AM August 27th, 2015


Delicious smells wafting from the food stalls draw hungry patrons. PHOTOS BY MARISA ROQUE

TORONTO, Ontario — Filipinos adore fiestas no matter what part of the world they happen to be in, and Taste of Manila 2015 was one tremendously successful fiesta for sure.

The heady combination of hot summer sun, enticing cooking aromas and cool Filipino music was just the magnet for drawing record numbers of festival goers to the Bathurst and Wilson corridor in Toronto’s North York area.

For two gorgeous summer days (August 22 and 23), Taste of Manila 2015 was a gourmand’s paradise for over 110,000 foodies of every shape, size and ethnicity.


Mayumi Abubu from Ilocos Norte (left) and Relly and Mike Gomez from Pampanga, wait patiently for star Jericho Rosales to make his entrance.

More than 200 colorful tents housed food vendors and merchants of Filipino products, not to mention service providers that cater to the Filipino Canadian, such as banks, money remittance companies, immigration consultants, education providers and door-to-door balikbayan box delivery services.

The food vendors drew the most queues, and attendees chewed and guzzled, chomped and slurped their way from one end of the festival route, the intersection of Bathurst and Wilson, and north on Bathurst to Laurelcrest four blocks away.

Both the north and southbound lanes on Bathurst were closed to traffic, and most of the side streets were blocked off so festival goers could park and walk to the event.

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Fans cheer performer Jericho Rosales.

“Imported” Filipino heartthrob Jericho Rosales drew screams of adulation from the crowd when he finally strode onto the stage around 5 p.m. Sunday.

Echo, a TFC mainstay, appealed to both young and old, and one tiny white-haired lady commented that the crush of adoring fans reminded her of the Nazareno procession in Quiapo, “Pero kulang na lang ng lubid” (Only the ropes are missing).

Taste of Manila 2015 may only be a memory now, but attendees are already looking forward to coming back next year.

In the meantime, those craving the flavors of the islands may visit their favorite food providers at their actual locations: Cusina, Kabalen, Jollytops, Marcelina’s, Via Kitchenette, Atin Ito, Bella’s Lechon, Lola’s Kakanin, Ilocandia, Asian Core, Jolly’s Grill, Super Bakers, Panago, Suero Enterprises, Mokshia Restaurant, Kapitbahay and Max’s, among others.


Rafael Fabregas (left), PRO of Universityy of the Philippines Alumni Association of Toronto and Fred Gamboa, last year’s UPAAT president, are glad that UP alumni festival goers have been flocking to the UPAAT tent to register and become members of the association.

Sponsors and participating merchants included TFC, TD Bank, Rogers Cable, Cornerstone College, Serendra, Global RESP Corporation, World Financial Group, Sunlife, SM Development Corporation, iRemit, PNB Remittance, LBC, Cannex Immigration, First Elite Business International, Avex Express, and ABC Documents.

Taste of Manila 2015 was organized by the Philippine Cultural Community Centre (PCCC) in cooperation with the Philippine Consulate General of Toronto.


PHILSTAR

Cebu graduate tops doctors’ exam By Jean Marvette Demecillo/Freeman (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 27, 2015 - 12:00am 0 4 googleplus0 0


ANDREW CHUA TIU

Tiu CEBU CITY, Philippines – A magna cum laude graduate of the Cebu Institute of Medicine (CIM) topped this year’s physician licensure exam given by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) earlier this month.

A total of 2,491 out of 2,921 passed the exam, with Andrew Chua Tiu getting the highest score of 90.67 percent.

“We are very happy after finding out that I got the number one (rating). I did not even expect to pass. I am really thankful to God,” Tiu said in an interview with the Freeman yesterday.

Tiu said the exam was difficult and he did not expect to top it.

“Just like any other student, I studied hard, went back to basics. But I think the special thing is that it is a big blessing from God. I could not have done this without Him,” he said, as he also thanked his family and friends for their support.

Yesterday, the PRC released the results of the licensure examination provided by the Board of Medicine in the cities of Manila, Cebu and Davao.

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Jan Christian Gomez Feliciano of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) bagged second place with a rating of 90 percent, followed by Kristel Kang Tanhui of De La Salle University-Health Sciences Institute in third with 89.75, and Antonio Lorenzo Rustia Quiambao of University of the East-Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center in fourth with 89.58 percent.

Others in the top 10 are George Michael Ngo of UST, 89.25 percent; Ana Bianca Eloise Adriano Peralta of UST, 89.17 percent; Thomas Vincent Torres Vergara, UST, 89.08; Tristan Marvin Zapanta Uy of University of the Philippines-Manila, 89; Anne Margarette Reyes Abuluyan of Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, 88.92; and Lester Bryan Ang Co of UST, 88.83.

The PRC said CIM and UP-Manila emerged as the top performing schools with 100 percent board passers. CIM had 127 while UP-M 156 passers.


PHILSTAR

Gunmen attack broadcaster Anthony Taberna's coffee shop By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated August 28, 2015 - 9:51am 1 2041 googleplus2 1


The coffee shop owned by broadcaster Anthony Taberna has only been operating for a week when unidentified gunmen attacked the establishment early Friday. ABS-CBN PR

MANILA, Philippines — Unidentified gunmen fired at the coffee shop owned by ABS-CBN broadcaster Anthony Taberna early Friday.

According to a report from radio dzMM, eight caliber .45 bullets hit Ka Tunying's Cafe in Visayas Avenue in Quezon City while 15 bullet shells were recovered around the area.

Footage from the cafe's surveillance camera showed four suspects riding motorcycles in front of the establishment. Two of them alighted from the motorcycle and started firing at the building.

Taberna said that the suspects are only intending to threaten him and not to inflict harm.

"Kung ang gusto talaga nila dito ay manakit, to inflict harm on anyone, ay gagawin nila ito sa ibang araw, oras o kaya ay hanapin nila kung sino ang nandito, baka may magawa sa loob o tyempuhan nila na nandito ako," Taberna said.

The Quezon City Police District is currently looking into the identity and motives of the suspects.


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