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I just came from Charleston, S C where I was stationed in the Submarine Base there. It is now a ghost town as far as Navy is concern. The Naval Station and the Shipyard are gone. Most Filipino retirees settled in North Charleston. I was looking for my fellow chief Naval from USS John Adams. I met instead Sgt Rudy P Arbis, Crime Prevention from the Sheriff's Department in Berkeley County. He is acknowledged as the area's community leader and a navy veteran..

At the Goodies Bakeshop owned by my friend Dondon we talked about the good old days. Even if we never met before we seems to relate to common story. His cousin was Ray Marientes who was stationed in DC and later managed the Radio station in San Diego. He then told me that Ray passed away just few months ago. I think it was Ray who first told me about the boy who was running errand for his mother.. I was looking for my good friend Gondi, former school teacher from Pampanga High School. who opened the first Filipino-Chinese Oriental Cuisine in the area. The popular restaurant was in process of relocating..

US Navy related news..

nn: Family suspects foul play in death of Filipina US Navy Officer

 

OLONGAPO CITY, Oct. 02 (PNA) - The family of a dead 30 year-old

Filipina United States Navy officer said they doubt preliminary police reports that the lone cause of their kin's death was due to a vehicular accident in a freeway in Norfolk, Virginia.

 

The corpse of Filipina Lieutenant Jocelyn Jaime is due to arrive in the country this week, and the family is also concerned that the

Philippine government has refused the offer of the US navy to allow its US Navy officers to escort the body and perform the customary full military honors for their colleague.

 

Jocelyn's father said the Philippine officials told the family that the Philippine Military can instead perform the full military honors. The local television news in Virginia reported that Jaime died after she fell from the front passenger seat of the speeding car she was riding along a freeway in Norfolk, Virginia. Her boyfriend, who also works with the US navy was driving the car.

 

Her family however, suspect there was foul play as the Virginia news further reported that Jaime and her American boyfriend were arguing before the accident.

 

When contacted by Jaime's family, May Cups, Jaime's roommate and

friend, refused to give details of previous events that might shed light on the probable reasons for the freeway incident.

 Cups told May Jaime, the younger sister of the Filipina US Navy, that she has already given her statement to the police who in turn asked her to prevent Jaime's boyfriend from entering their house while the investigation is going on.

 

Cups also told the Jaime family that she has replaced the padlock of their house to bar the boyfriend from entering it. However, she added she dislike Jaime's boyfriend and said, "Something bad happened to your sister," May Jaime quoted Cups as saying.

 Jaime was raised in Olongapo City, where she was a consistent honor student at a local private school here during her elementary and high school days. She enrolled at the University of the Philippines but went to the States ten years ago to finish her studies.

 

At the time of her death, Jaime served as a Public Affairs Officer in the Air Operations Department of the US Naval Air Station Navy in

Norfolk, Virginia. (PNA) JV/cals

 


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