The US Marine was convicted in October 2014 of killing 26-year-old Jennifer Laude in a motel room while she was in the Philippines for military exercises.
As a result of the president’s action, Pemberton boarded a US-bound military plane at Ninoy Aquino International Airport just after 9 a.m. local time on Sunday morning, the Immigration Bureau of the Philippines said in a statement seen by CNN.
“Pemberton was deported because the bureau saw that he was a risk to public safety,” the statement said. “
Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said Pemberton was given a “permanent” ban on his return to the country because of his deportation order.
The move to release Pemberton soon came with protests and criticism this week, with Adre Olia, president of the National Union of People’s Lawyers, calling the pardon “unbelievable”.
The controversial ruling came a week after a court held that Pemberton should be credited with good conduct during his time at the Camp Aguinaldo military prison in the city of Quixon.
However, critics claimed that it was easy for him to behave well because he did not serve his sentence with the general prison population.
Pemberton, who was 19 at the time of his sentence, told police that he angrily struck Loud after he learned he had a male genitalia.
On 12 October 2014, Laud’s naked body was discovered in the Olongapo hotel room with his head in the toilet.