Members of the Gabriela Youth movement ties red-colored ribbons in front of the Department of Justice grills along P. Faura St., Manila as they slammed a court decision allowing the release from prison of US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton who was convicted in 2015 on the killing of transgender Filipino Jennifer Laude.
Then 20, Pemberton was convicted of homicide in the 2014 death of Laude, 26. He was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison, which was later reduced to 10, and has since been held at Camp Aguinaldo, the Philippine military headquarters.
The Olongapo City Regional Trial Court granted an appeal from Pemberton on Tuesday and directed the Bureau of Corrections to release him. In granting the release, the court reasoned that he had served almost six years, including the time between his arrest and conviction, and that combined with a “good conduct time allowance” he had exceeded the 10 years. The Laude family has also received $100,000 in civil damages. (Elami Go)
Photos by Jhun Mabanag / BENJAMIN CUARESMA