Philippine leader: Murder case won't harm US ties

October 20, 2014 1:50 PM

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Philippine leader: Murder case won't harm US ties

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Monday that a murder investigation focused on a U.S. Marine should have no bearing on the two countries' relations, while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington seeks no "special privilege" for the suspect but only protection of his rights.

Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, one of thousands of American and Philippine military personnel who took part in joint exercises earlier this month, is suspected in the killing of Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender Filipino whose former name was Jeffrey. Philippine police and witnesses said the t...

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