LAS VEGAS — (09-14-20) — A U.S. Marine convicted of killing transgender woman Jennifer Laude in 2014 in the Philippines, has been deported after he was pardoned by President Rodrigo Duterte., who is known for being anti-LGBTQ.
You read that correctly, President Rodrigo Duterte pardoned convicted killer Pemberton who murdered Jennifer Laude in 2014 simply because she was Transgender!
Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton, 25, boarded an American military aircraft heading back to the U.S. on Sunday while in handcuffs and a mask, the Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration spokesperson Dana Sandoval told Reuters.
His deportation comes after he was convicted for the 2014 killing for Jennifer Laude, after he found out she was transgender!
Dana Sandoval confirmed to JRL CHARTS that Cpl. Pemberton has been blacklisted and banned from returning to the Philippines.
Pemberton said in a statement released through his attorney Rowena Garcia-Flores that he was “extremely grateful” to Duterte and was extending his “most sincere sympathy” to Laude’s family, according to The Associated Press.
He said he has spent “much time contemplating the many errors” he made on the night Laude died, saying he “wishes he had the words to express the depth of his sorrow and regret.”
Virginia Suarez, the Laude family’s lawyer, said in a statement obtained by the AP that she wishes Pemberton “peace of mind” and hopes he learned “the value of life and dignity regardless of gender and nationality.”
The U.S. Embassy said “all legal proceedings in the case took place under Philippine jurisdiction and law,” adding that “Pemberton fulfilled his sentence as ordered by Philippine courts,” according to the AP.
Pemberton was an anti-tank missile operator in the Philippines in 2014 before being charged and convicted of the murder of Jennifer Waude.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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