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U.S. Marine charged with murdering transgender woman in the Philippines

The government of the Philippines on Monday charged a U.S. Marine, Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, with the October murder of a transgender woman. The body of the victim, Jennifer Laude, was found in a motel room in a town northwest of Manila, apparently drowned in a toilet bowl. The case reignited debate over the handling of criminal accusations against American military personnel overseas just as the U.S. and the Philippines strengthened ties with an accord giving the U.S. access to Philippine military facilities.