Jennifer Laud: US Marine Pardon by Philippines for Murder of Transgender Woman

Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton has already served a six-year sentence of 10 years in 2015 for the murder of 26-year-old transgender woman Jennifer Loud in a room in a motel in 2014.

According to a CNN Philippines report, Pemberton said that Pemberton should be credited with good conduct last week, while serving in Quizon City’s Camp Aguinaldo military prison rather than the country’s new peninsula of the major peninsula.

That credit amounted to more than four years, the court said, and over time he was served after his arrest but before trial, Pemberton served 10 years. Critics said it was easy for Pemberton to behave well because he could serve his sentence alone rather than the general prison population.

Laussin said in a Twitter post, “The lack of time leads to a lack of time, and from where he was detained, he was not in control of the prisoner and the president gave Pemberton an absolute pardon to do justice. Is given. ”

Pemberton’s lawyer Rowena Flores said Duterte’s decision was not something his client sought and that he learned it from the media for the first time.

“I thank my President for his pardon. I think that with this development, justice is served and laws are obeyed,” she told BCCI Philippines.

Duterte said in his weekly address on Monday that no records were kept on Pemberton’s behavior in the military prison, so he should be considered to have acted properly.

“You have not treated Pemberton appropriately,” Duterte said, according to PNA. “We must allow him an estimate of good character.”

Pemberton was 19 at the time of his sentence. He was convicted of lesser murder rather than manslaughter, with the court determining that Pemberton had not acted with “treachery”.

On February 23, 2015, supporters of the late Jennifer Loud maintained her image during a protest near a Philippine court in Olongapo, north of Manila.

Lod’s naked body with his head was found in a toilet in the Olongapo Hotel room on midnight of 12 October 2014 after his arrest by police.

Eyewitnesses told police that Pemberton was with Loud at a local disco before checking into the hotel on the night of October 11, according to documents seen by CNN.

Pemberton told police that he would chase Laud, but then tried to revive him. He said that he had become angry with Laud over the discovery of male genitalia, according to police.

Pemberton, Massachusetts, was an anti-tank missileman assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine, outside Camp Lejeun, North Carolina.

He was in the Philippines for a military exercise under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). Signed in 1988, it grants free entry to US military aircraft and ships to the Philippines and relaxes visa restrictions for US military personnel. But it gives the Philippines primary jurisdiction over US military personnel accused of crimes in the country, as long as other US forces are not involved in those crimes.

The Philippines was once home to two of America’s largest military bases outside the US: Clark Air Base and Subic Bay Naval Station.

Although they were no longer American bases in the early 1990s, US forces still had access to them under the VFA. The hotel where Loud died was outside Subic Bay. Pemberton was on leave after participating in military exercises.

Sen. Imi Marcos said the pardon did justice under Philippine law while helping relations between Manila and Washington.

“According to CNN Philippines,” while preserving “very deep and very cordial” relations with the US, he said, “has been judiciously tasked with the Philippine judicial system.”

CNN has reached out to the US Embassy in Manila for comment.

The protesters held placards during a protest in front of the Department of National Defense in Manila on 21 February 2020.  Members of the Gabriella Alliance for Women called for the immediate transfer of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton to the National Bilibid Prison.

Relations were strained in February when Duterte gave the US 180 days notice to end the VFA, stating that Manila needed to rely on its own resources to defend itself.

He said that decision was reversed in June “in view of political and other developments in the area,” the social media post said at the time. As China claimed its military presence on the islands in the South China Sea increased It is being claimed by the Philippines.

On 12 July, the Philippines first formally recognized with Manila in 2016 the ruling by the United Nations Permanent Court of Justice against Beijing and China’s claims on contested islands in the South China Sea.

Two days later, Washington announced a formal rejection of “most” of China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea.

Critics of Pemberton’s pardon on Monday blamed the Philippine government for military ties over Philippine citizens’ rights.

Adre Olia, president of the National Union of People’s Lawyers, called the pardon “unbelievable”.

According to CNN Philippines, a statement said, “It is even more cruel that their rights and freedoms were politically withheld through a political and liberal military agreement. Affordably priced sovereignty and national dignity.”

CNN Philippines reported that Pemberton’s lawyer said he would have to comply with some legal requirements before leaving the country, but he hoped that would happen before the end of the week.


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