MANILA (AFP) – Four witnesses gave statements to Philippine prosecutors in a case where an American Marine is a suspect in the murder of a Filipino transgender person, the US embassy said Sunday.
“Last week, City Prosecutors met with four witnesses and swore them to their statements in accordance with Philippine law,” the embassy said.
The embassy, in a statement, cited this as another sign of its continued cooperation in the controversial murder case.
“The witnesses will be made available for the trial,” the statement said.
The statement did not say who the witnesses were, but Philippine authorities had previously said they wanted to question four US marines who are believed to have witnessed the murder.
Another US Marine is being investigated over the death of Jeffrey Laude, described by local police as a transgender sex worker.
Prosecutors in the northern port city of Olongapo, where Laude was found dead on October 12, had originally wanted the suspect and four witnesses to give depositions at a formal hearing on Tuesday.
The embassy said the four witnesses would no longer have to appear on Tuesday as their statements had already been obtained.
But it stressed that “whether the suspect will appear on Tuesday is a decision that he will make in consultation with his Philippine legal counsel, in accordance with Philippine law”.