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Five U.S. Ships Held In Philippines Following Alleged Murder

USS Peleliu (LHA-5) is moored at Subic Bay, Philippines, for Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Peleliu (LHA 5) is moored at Subic Bay, Philippines, for Amphibious Landing Exercise 2015 on Sept. 30, 2014. US Navy Photo

Five U.S. Navy ships are being held in the Philippines — following the alleged murder of a Philippine national in Subic Bay —on orders from U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Samuel Locklear.

“All ships even remotely related to this incident are being retained in port,” Marine Corps Forces Pacific spokesman Col. Brad Bartelt told U.S. government funded Stars and Stripes newspaper on Tuesday.

A Marine with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., is a suspect in the Saturday death of Jeffrey Laude, 26, a transgender also known as Jennifer.

The two regular Navy ships are the amphibious warships USS Peleliu (LHA-5) and USS Germantown (LSD-42) as well as two Military Sealift Command (MSC) cargo ships, USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE-2) and USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11) as well as the MSC leased high-speed ferry, WestPac Express.

The Marine is being held in U.S. custody on Peleliu, according to a Tuesday report in the Reuters news service.

It’s unclear when the ships will be released.

“We do not discuss specifics of ship movements due to operational security concerns,” Bartelt told Stripes.

The death of Laude has prompted protests outside of the U.S. Embassy and has raised questions in the local press of ongoing U.S. military involvement in the island nation.

In April — set against the backdrop of Chinese expansion in the South China Sea and tensions over territorial claims — the Philippines signed a defense cooperation agreement allowing U.S. access to military infrastructure inside the country.

The U.S. turned over several long-standing bases to the Philippines in 1991.

  • Diogenes

    Philippine Star 10-14 – MANILA, Philippines – The tall, blond American met buxom, long-haired “Jennifer” in a disco in Subic last Saturday night, and they quickly hit it off.

    They checked into a motel before 11 p.m. Half an hour later, the American was seen leaving the motel. His date was found naked in the bathroom, with the head resting on the rim of the toilet bowl. Jennifer – actually transgender Jeffrey Laude, 26 – lay dead with marks of being beaten and strangled.

    The suspect, a US Marine whose identity was withheld by authorities until last night, was taken into custody by his superiors aboard an amphibious assault ship docked in Subic Bay.

    The soldier was on furlough after taking part in a naval drill between Filipino and US forces in Zambales, when he allegedly killed Laude in Room 1 of Celzone Lodge on Magsaysay Boulevard.

  • Chris Altvater

    When arriving in Subic, the old timers would always warn the newbies about the benny boys. The problem is now most of the old timers have never been to the Philippines.

    • 2IDSGT

      Anyone who’s ever been on the internet should have heard about asian lady-boys by the age of 14 nowadays. No need to be warned by old-heads.

      • Chris Altvater

        You might be into Asian lady-boys, but most people don’t go searching for this. When servicemen were told which bars were off limits, it was for a good reason.

        • 2IDSGT

          You seem butthurt about something…

          • Chris Altvater

            No, I have watched first timers to Subic get in trouble because they didn’t take the safety briefs seriously. My first time walking down Magwaysay, I knew what to expect and didn’t have any problems. Also, many senior enlisted were married to Filipinos and they had the best info on which bars to avoid.

  • Diogenes

    Her home address was Olongopo… how could that have happened in such a nice place.

    • Jay

      Victim was from the Visayas portion of the Philippines.

  • 2IDSGT

    Seems like it would be common sense to NOT surprise hyper-masculine males with one’s trans-gender identity. Just sayin…

    • Jay

      Yeah, it’s the dead victim’s fault.

      • 2IDSGT

        Yeah, jokes like “Surprise!!! I have a penis” are just innocent, harmless fun.

        • Jay

          Then you should stop doing that to people if you don’t think it’s funny.

          • 2IDSGT

            Ooo… a biting wit this one.

    • Jack Lawrence

      Murder is murder

  • vincedc

    Looks like a plot from NCIS or Madam Secretary

  • Chesapeakeguy

    So if they have a suspect, why are the ships being held up? Could this be the start of a new joke?

    “How do you stop a Navy task force dead in its tracks? Have ONE member of it be accused of a crime!”.

    Geezz..

    • Secundius

      @ Chesapeakeguy.

      The JOKE being the United States of America, and the Representatives of the joke, being the US. NAVY!!!

      • Chesapeakeguy

        @Secundus..Please clarify that if you will!

  • Pete Sikes

    “All ships even remotely related to this incident are being retained
    in port,”…..“We do not discuss specifics of ship movements due to operational security concerns,”…..

  • Ric

    Once when we were in Subic there was a murder. A local stabbed a sailor. He had a rare blood type. They were going from ship to ship looking for blood. He died anyway. Wasn’t much fuss over it.

  • Chris

    i thought she/he has an american fiancee? if she/he has a fiancee why was she with a US Marine?