Request for Coverage : November 1 departure of Marc Sueselbeck

Centerlaw release
References: Professor Harry Roque Jr. 09175398096, Atty. Romel R. Bagares 09328798422

Marc Suesebeck, Jennifer Laude’s fiance, will have a short press conference in front of NAIA Terminal 1 tomorrow, 1 November 2014, at 1:30 pm, prior to his scheduled flight.

Marc will be accompanied by members of the Laude family and his legal team.

Statement on the Bureau of Immigration’s go-signal for Marc Sueselbeck’s voluntary deportation

Centerlaw release
References: Professor Harry L. Roque, Jr. 09175398096
Atty. Romel R. Bagares 09328798422 or Atty. Ethel C. Avisado 09177055431

We thank the public for their support and concern for our client Marc Sueselbeck. Without it, he wouldn’t have been allowed to leave by the authorities.

The Laude family are of the mind that the charges filed against him by the military were meant to silence them and to pressure them to come to a deal in regard to the case of their slain loved one, Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude; his voluntary departure frees them from a difficult bind.

Our client wants to spend some of the last few hours he is allowed to spend in the Philippines to visit Jennifer’s grave, to say goodbye to her; but for Marc, his return to Germany doe not mean it is the end of his fight for justice for Jennifer.

He very well understands the gravity of being placed in a blacklist of the Bureau of Immigration, as it could mean being barred from returning to the Philippines for the rest of his life. For now, our priority is to get him on a flight to Germany as soon as possible, so that he does not lose his only source of livelihood there.

Picture of a gruesome murder

[I apologize to those offended by my publication of Jennifer's last image. This article is not a justification but intended only to explain why the family and the legal team made it public. Picture bore the caption : "Is this homicide?", which is the defense of Pemberton. Mea culpa and lesson learned.]

I published in my blog the latest picture of Jennifer Laude when she was found dead in the toilet of the Calzone Lodge. It was grotesque, gruesome and macabre. The picture shows that Jennifer died a painful and cruel death. Her face was bloated, indicating she must have been struck repeatedly in the face, her tongue protruding, suggesting she must have struggled to breathe, and while lifeless, it was obvious that she was screaming from pain nonetheless.

After six hours, I removed it from my blog realizing that I would have to devise a way first to warn the reader that it could be one of the most horrifying images ever photographed. I promise to approach techies on how to put this warning. I will republish it as soon as I know how.

The picture, though, had to be published. Why?

Primarily because judging from the pronouncements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and its supporters, the public obviously does not know just how gruesome her murder was. Yes, it has been reported that she was drowned in a toilet bowl. But the public does not know that prior to drowning, she was also strangled and beaten. The problem was while the public saw how Marc Sueselbeck pushed the Filipino soldier in his desire to see the man who killed his loved one, the people have only seen the picture of Jennifer when she was alive and pretty. They probably assumed that the emotions of both Marc and Marylou, Jennifer’s sister, when they climbed the fence of Aguinaldo to see Pemberton- were simple theatrics. The AFP even says I instigated it.

They are wrong, of course. The anger is not only because Pemberton is suspected to have killed Jennifer. It is also because of the absolutely barbaric and savage manner by which Pemberton may have killed her. That’s why the family wants to make sure that Pemberton is where he is supposed to be. Otherwise, he might be accorded impunity for this bestial killing simply because Philippine authorities do not have him in its custody.

The intention then of posting the picture, with the consent of the Laude family of course, is to explain the Laude family’s anger and their desire to see Pemberton in the flesh.

In any case, make no mistake about it: victims have the right to confront those who violated their rights. This forms part of the right to satisfaction and restorative justice. Here, the confrontation should lead to reparation, specifically, the restoration of the victim’s state of mind prior to the violation of their rights. This is because when allowed to confront the perpetrators of crimes, the victims can ask basic questions such as why their loved ones had to be the victims, what acts, in any, their loved ones committed to deserve their plight.  Hopefully, it might even lead to the perpetrator seeking a apology which to many victims, might amount to full satisfaction.

In any case, the government’s response to the acts of Malou and Marc again indicates its ignorance of the basic rights of victims. Under human rights law, the victim’s right to reparation entitles them to trauma and psychosocial assistance to restore their emotional and mental well-being prior to the breach of their rights. Instead, Marc was branded as an undesirable alien and Malou was  threatened with prosecution.

I hope the picture of Jennifer immediately after her murder will settle this issue once and for all.

In any case, its worth highlighting yet another injustice in the way the PNoy administration has been dealing with the two men in Jennifer’s life: her lover and her murderer. For while the government has done the ludicrous—preventing Marc from leaving the country as originally scheduled so he can be forced to leave through deportation—the government appears helpless in dealing with the suspected killer, Pemberton. Government has, in the process of deporting Marc, confiscated his passport. Pemberton, who perpetrated a gruesome murder, has not been asked to deposit his passport. The government seems hell bent in humiliating Marc into admitting that he is an undesirable alien. In contrast, it has not said anything to Pemberton, as if shoving a soldier in the heat of anger is more criminal than killing a person with absolutely no mercy, No wonder Jennifer’s mother already slammed PNoy in a forum at the UP Law Center last Tuesday. According to her, the President appears not to have given any attention to the gruesome murder of Jennifer simply because they are poor.

Mrs. Laude appears to be right. As correctly observed by Ellen Tordesillas, the reason why PNoy did not even condole with the family is that they are neither members of the LP, Kabarilan or Kaklase of the President. They also obviously do not belong to the same cacique class that produced P Noy.

But never mind. Even if PNoy did not bother to condole with the Laudes, thousands, if not millions of other Filipinos did. For Jennifer- to many of us- has become a symbol of a nation struggling for respect and equality from a former colonial master. Jennifer, hindi ka nag-iisa!

Laude family to request Bureau of Immigration to declare Pemberton as undesirable alien

Request for Coverage
References: Atty. Harry L. Roque Jr. 09175398096, Atty. Romel R. Bagares 09328798422 or Atty. Ethel C. Avisado 09177055431

The family of Jennifer Laude, along with Marc Sueselbeck, will file at the Bureau of Immigration today, October 29, 2014, at 2pm, a letter asking that US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton be declared an undesirable alien.

October 29, 2014

The Hon. Siegfried M. Mison
Bureau of Immigration
Department of Justice
Magalles Drive
Intramuros, Manila

Dear Commissioner Mison:

We bring to your attention the case of US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, who stands accused of killing our loved one, Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, on October 11, 2014.

The murder of our loved one violates Philippine law and is a gross disrespect to what we hold dear as a people. His gruesome murder of a citizen should be enough a justification to declare him an undesirable alien of the most repulsive kind.

Yet until now, we have not seen even just his shadow. Police investigators had been unable to obtain his fingerprints and buccal samples from him for DNA testing. His being placed at a facility inside Camp Aguinaldo is an arrogant flaunting of the Rule of Law; every day that he is shielded from accountability, we allow impunity to reign. Every day that he is placed beyond the pale of our criminal laws, we allow someone to abuse in the most revolting way the welcome our country has accorded him.

We pray that he be subjected to the procedures prescribed by our immigration laws pertinent to an undesirable alien, including the confiscation of his passport as well as his attendance in deportation hearings.

We hope you will give this submission your kind and immediate favorable consideration.


Marilou Laude

Michelle Laude

Julita Laude

Marc Sueselbeck’s Motion for Voluntary Deportation

Centerlaw release
References: Professor Harry L. Roque 09175398096,
Atty. Romel R. Bagares 09328798422 or Atty. Ethel C. Avisado 09177055431

Please click here for a .doc copy of the MOTION FOR VOLUNTARY DEPORTATION filed today by Jennifer Laude’s fiance, Marc Sueselbeck.


In re Deportation Charges

D.C. No. SBM-14-10/26-783
Art. 2711, Sec. 69

Watch List Order No. SBM-14-778


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RESPONDENT MARC SUESELBECK, through counsel, and unto this Honorable Office, respectfully states:

1. On 26 October 2014, a charge of undesirability was made against Respondent at the instance of Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff, Gen. Gregorio Pio P. Catapang, based on the events of 22 October 2014 at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Subsequently, Respondent was placed under the Bureau of Immigration Watch List No. SBM/BOC-14-778.

2. Pursuant to the Watch List, Respondent, a German national, was barred from leaving the Philippines even though he was scheduled to do so on 26 October 2014 on board Malaysian Airlines flight MH 0803, at 6:30 p.m., out of NAIA Terminal 1.

3. His German passport, with No. C689C1W4, was also confiscated.

4. Yesterday, after undersigned counsel informed him of the formal charges filed against him before this Honorable Office, he received word from his employer in Germany that he has to report for work by Monday next week, Nov. 3, 2014, or risk losing his job and paying liquidated damages for failing to perform certain provisions in his employment contract.

5. Thus, with a heavy heart – as he desires to defend himself against the charges leveled against him by Gen. Catapang – he manifests before this Honorable Office that he is seeking voluntary deportation the soonest time possible so he can attend to his only source of livelihood.

6. While he desires to leave the country immediately for that purpose and if allowed, he manifests that he will do so not later than this coming Saturday, November 1, 2014.


WHEREFORE, premises considered, Respondent prays that this Honorable Office issue an Order:

(a) granting his request for Voluntary Deportation and allowing him to fly out of the country as soon as practicable;

(b) deleting his name and other personal details from Watch List Order No. SBM/BOC-14-778; and

(c) returning to his possession without delay his German Passport as described above and earlier seized by immigration authorities.

Other relief just and equitable are also prayed for.


Makati City for City of Manila ; 19 October 2014.

1904 Antel 2000 Corporate Centre
121 Valero Street, Salcedo Village
Makati City 1200
Tel. Nos. 887-4445/887-3894
Fax No: 887-3893

Roll No. 36976
PTR No. 4264493/Jan 30, 2014/Makati
IBP No. 01749/Lifetime
MCLE Exemption No. IV-000513
(issued on Feb 15, 2013)

Roll No. 49518
PTR No. 4264492/Jan 30, 2014/Makati
IBP No. 961461/Jan 29, 2014/Socsargen
MCLE Compliance No. IV-017519
(issued on Jan 25, 2013)

Roll No. 56254
PTR No. 4281935/Feb 12, 2014/Makati
IBP No. 961251/Jan 27, 2014/Davao
MCLE Compliance No. IV-019563
(issued on May 2, 2013)

With my conformity:


Laude family and Marc to give statement tomorrow at UP IILS

Request for Coverage
Reference: Professor Harry L. Roque 09175398096

The Laude family and Marc Sueselbeck (Jennifer’s fiancé) will talk about Jennifer and the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) at the “Seminar on International Law for Media Practitioners” sponsored by the UP Law Center’s Institute of International Legal Studies (UP IILS) on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the 4th Floor, Penthouse, Bocobo Hall, UP Law Center, Diliman, Quezon City.