2nd battalion 9th marines

Scaramouche, scaramouche, will you do the Fandango.

U.S. Marines lead a foot patrol during Forest Light 15-1 at the Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. Forest Light is a routine, semi-annual exercise designed to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security agreements and improve individual and unit-level skills. The Marines are with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, currently attached to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Warren Peace, 9 DEC 2014. Title from lyrics of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.)

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Filipino transgender advocates call killing a 'hate crime'

Filipino activists are calling for a Marine being held aboard a Navy ship after the apparent killing of a local transgender person to be turned over to local authorities, and for the incident to be labeled a

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Jennifer  Laude (formally Jeffrey) was a 26 year old Filipino transgender woman who’s body was found in a motel room, her head pushed firmly down on a toilet seat until she drowned (she drowned on toilet water, her neck pushed against the porcelain seat) The suspect, who was seen with Jennifer entering the motel room, was a white male who was later identified as First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton marine is assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and who is currently detained by the US Armed Forces in the US Embassy. 

I repeat; First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, who is accused of murdering a Filipino citizen on Philippine soil is currently detained in US Custody.

Do you know what happens to a Filipino citizen who gets accused of a crime in any other part of the world?

They get executed. Sometimes without even a proper trial and all their families get back is the dead body of someone that just wanted to provide for their family in another country.

Every time this happens a US officer commits a crime here in the Philippines you know what happens to them?

They get taken away, back home.

And everytime that happens is sends a message that being a foreign citizen in the Philippines gives you a free pass to do whatever shit you want and nohin, absolutely nothing will happen to you. No consequences. No repercussions. No punishment.

Because Jennifer was taken advantage of and killed because she was a Filipino transgender woman. This is much about race, nationality as well was an LBGTQA issue.

And it has to stop.

I don’t know what to ask for other than to keep being informed, to share your outrage over injustices and don’t let people like Jennifer be forgotten. 

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Won’t you stop and remember me.

U.S. Marines post security on patrol during Forest Light 15-1 at the Oyanohara Training Area in Yamato, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. Forest Light is a routine, semi-annual exercise designed to enhance the U.S. and Japan military partnership, solidify regional security agreements and improve individual and unit-level skills. The Marines are with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, currently attached to 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, under the unit deployment program.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Warren Peace, 9 DEC 2014. Title taken from lyrics of The Bangles’ cover of “Hazy Shade of Winter.”)