The United States continues to fully cooperate and collaborate with Philippine authorities in all aspects of the case concerning the death of Jennifer Laude.
Last week, City Prosecutors met with four witnesses and swore them to their statements in accordance with Philippine law, satisfying the requirements of the City Prosecutor and the “make available” language of the U.S. – Philippine Visiting Forces Agreement. The witnesses will not appear on Tuesday, as they have already met their current legal obligations. In accordance with the VFA, the witnesses will be made available for the trial.
Whether the suspect will appear on Tuesday is a decision that the suspect will make in consultation with Philippine legal counsel, in accordance with Philippine law. We refer you to that counsel for details.