Philippines: German fiance of murdered trans woman blasts convicted US marine
The German fiancé of a murdered transgender woman has condemned the “animalistic bestiality” of the formally charged US marine responsible.
It comes after 26-year-old Jennifer Laude Sueselbeck was found strangled on Saturday night, naked with her head in the toilet.
US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton – who was one of hundreds of US marines in the area for a training exercise – was formally charged on Wednesday of the woman’s murder.
ABS-CBN News has since published a statement from Marc Sueselbeck who said he had been engaged to Laude since December 2012 and was trying to move her to his home country.
He said: “Jennifer was the most true, hopeful, and life-hungry person I ever met in all my life.
“People like Jennifer will never get a fair chance in your country, and she is just one of thousands, maybe millions in your country sharing the same destiny of your countrymen.
“To make it clear: this horrible act has two reasons.
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“The animalistic bestiality of an obvious sick and retarded bloodthirsty American soldier who has no respect at all from human life as also especially not from Philippine people, but as well in your own society and corrupt politics.”
He added: “Jennifer wasn’t a prostitute. Maybe she did offer that guy kind of service, but maybe not enough for him? You ever thought that? Wouldn’t that fit much better to the way he murdered her?
“As an animal who cant accept a “No”? From such an unworthy person like a ladyboy even?”
Politicians in the Philippines are pushing for a tougher anti-discrimination law following the incident, which has also stirred anti-US sentiment.
Senator Bam Aquino said: “We should impose heavier penalties so that these discriminatory and inhumane acts will be eradicated.”
He has pushed for a new bill entitled the Anti-Discrimination Act of 2014 which seeks to prohibit and penalise discrimination of any form, citing a rising number of hate crimes against LGBT people has risen in the past years..