MANILA — The Court of Appeals (CA) has denied the appeal of US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton on his conviction for the killing of transgender Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude in October 2014 in Olongapo City.
In its decision, the Court of Appeals Special 16th Division affirmed the ruling of Olongapo RTC Branch 74 finding Pemberton guilty of homicide.
He was sentenced 6 to 10 years in prison.
According to the appellate court, it was clear that Laude died from drowning after Pemberton shoved her head into the toilet bowl of the motel.
The CA also affirmed the damages award to Laude family including the 4.3 million pesos for the loss in earning capacity of the victim.
A lawyer for the Laude family said the ruling of the CA is expected since Pemberton’s arguments are mere rehash of what he already raised before the trial court.
“It’s a victory for the Laudes. It’s justice for the Laudes. It’s also a victory and justice for the Filipino people,” Atty. Virgie Suarez said.
But the lawyer also said they are still not satisfied with how Pemberton is being treated.
She said, for justice to be completed, the US marine should be committed to the national prison.
“Because Pemberton is not yet incarcerated at the National Bilibid Prison. He has air-conditioning unit. Him room is cozy. He’s comfortable,” said Atty. Suarez.
Pemberton is currently serving his sentence at a US facility inside Camp Aguinaldo. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) with the Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday (June 17) inaugurated the new military facilities at Camp Aguinaldo.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar with DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the inauguration and handover ceremony of a four-storey male and female enlisted personnel barracks building and two-storey hospital facility at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Station Hospital.
The P63.7 million barracks facility will provide enlisted military personnel a safe and secure accommodation or billeting place for troops essential to mission accomplishment. Meanwhile, the hospital facility has 25 beds for emergency services and inpatient care as well as pharmacy, in-house laboratory, and imaging.
The hospital will also be used as the primary health care facility of Camp Aguinaldo for officers, enlisted personnel, civilian human resource.
Secretary Villar said that being in the frontline in protecting the country, the two departments want nothing but the best for the armed forces. AAC
MANILA, Philippines – The case of convicted killer US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton should be taken into account in reviewing the future of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.
Guevarra made the remark following the deportation of Pemberton on Sunday morning, a few days after he was granted absolute pardon by President Rodrigo Duterte.
The Justice chief believes that the issue also left lessons to ponder on regarding the administration of criminal justice in the country, as well as the presidential constitutional powers.
“I am relieved to see the end of Pemberton episode. Though attended with intense conflict, it has provided valuable insights and lessons to ponder on regarding the future of the visiting forces agreement, the administration of criminal justice, and the exercise of the president’s constitutional powers,” he said in a statement.
Pemberton departed from the country aboard a military aircraft bound for the United States at 9:14 a.m. on Sunday.
The Bureau of Immigration said that as a consequence of his deportation, Pemberton has been placed on the agency’s blacklist and can no longer return to the country.
“Perpetually banned na siya from entering the country and any attempt in the future to enter the Philippines hindi po siya papayagang pumasok. He will be excluded at pababalikin kung saan siya nanggaling,” said BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval.
The US serviceman was convicted of homicide for killing Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude inside a motel in Olongapo City in 2014.
Duterte granted him absolute pardon after an Olongapo court ordered the Bureau of Corrections to recompute the time that Pemberton served and to determine if he is eligible to avail the good conduct time allowance rule. – RRD (with details from Correspendent Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration has announced that US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was successfully deported from the Philippines on Sunday morning, September 13.
Immigration spokesperson Dana Sandoval said in an interview that the military plane that carried Pemberton took off from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at exactly 9:14 a.m. He was accompanied by members of the US military and representatives of the US embassy.
The BI official, however, stressed authorities cannot disclose the specific state of Pemberton’s destination for security reasons.
Pemberton was convicted of homicide for killing Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude in 2014.
He was released by virtue of the absolute pardon granted to him by President Rodrigo Duterte after five years into his service of a six-to-10-year prison sentence.
Meanwhile, the US Embassy in the Philippines on Sunday also released an official statement on Pemberton’s release.
“All legal proceedings in the case took place under Philippine jurisdiction and law,” it read.
“Lance Cpl. Pemberton fulfilled his sentence as ordered by Philippine courts and he departed the Philippines on September 13,” it added. — /mbmf
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