Gruesome photos of Jennifer Laude uploaded online

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Lawyer Harry Roque has uploaded gruesome photos taken from the scene of Jennifer Laude's killing

Human rights lawyer Harry Roque earned flak from netizens Tuesday after he posted on his blog gruesome photos of Jennifer Laude (born Jeffrey Laude), the Filipina transgender who was murdered inside a motel in Ologapo City early this month.

Roque said his aim is to rebuff the request of the camp of US Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, the prime suspect in the murder, to downgrade the case against him from murder to homicide.

There are two photos, the first one shows Laude’s head apparently slammed against a toilet bowl. The second one is a close-up photo of Laude’s swollen face, with blood leaking from his nose. Roque posted the photos in a blog entry titled “Is this homicide?”

The blog entry has since been deleted but the uncensored photos can still be accessed through Roque’s Twitter account.

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Lawyer Harry Roque has uploaded gruesome photos taken from the scene of Jennifer Laude’s killing

“The family decided to go public with this picture in order for the nation to understand not just the grief that they have been feeling but the sense of anger over the injustice that, not only having failed to exercise jurisdiction over the person suspected of murder, the table has been turned against the family and the fiance,” Roque said, as quoted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The reaction of netizens to Roque’s handling of the case in general and his decision to publicize Laude’s death photos has been very negative. Some Twitter users derided Roque as a “fame whore,” an “attention seeker,” and a master in the “media circus.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Philippine military blamed the lawyer for Marc Sueselbeck’s decision to climb the security fence of an Armed Forces of the Philippines facility with the aim of chasing Pemberton. Sueselbeck is Laude’s German fiance.

The German is now having a dispute with Philippine immigration officials.

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here:

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