The killing of Jeffrey/Jennifer Laude, the 26-year-old transgender woman found dead in an Olongapo motel last weekend, should be condemned in the strongest terms. It has been described as a hate crime, a death sentence passed on her for choosing a sexual orientation that strays from the mainstream. (We use the feminine pronoun in acknowledgement of her choice.)
By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States will again be put to the test with the killing of Jeffrey/Jennifer Laude, a transgender, as media reports describe him/her.
By NELSON D. LAVIÑA
Not in recent memory has our government been subjected to intensely sustained political and diplomatic pressure on US bases except during the incumbencies of the first and second Aquino administrations.
Even long after the Military Bases Agreement was abolished back in 1991, US troops are still present in the Philippines, undermining its sovereignty.
By Marjohara Tucay
The planned visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to the Philippines, which was cancelled at the last minute, made me reminisce about another state visit, made nearly two years ago, by then US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. That state visit changed the course of my life and earned me the moniker “Hillary’s heckler.”