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Bayan slams US for ‘arrogance’ in defying court order on Pemberton

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 11:33 AM December 02, 2015

MOMENT OF TRUTH US Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton, the lone suspect in the killing of transgender woman Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, is escorted inside a court in Olongapo City, Zambales province, for the promulgation of the verdict on his case. Pemberton was found guilty of homicide and was sentenced to a jail term of six to 12 years. He was also ordered to pay Laude’s family at least P4 million in civil damages. AP FILE PHOTO

A militant group has slammed the United States for its “arrogance” in defying the court order detaining US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton at the National Bilibid Prison in Muntilupa City.

On Tuesday, the Olongapo Regional Trial Court (RTC) found Pemberton guilty of homicide for the killing of Filipino transgender woman Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude.


READ: Pemberton guilty of homicide in Laude case, sentenced to up to 12 yrs

The court ordered Pemberton to be transferred from Camp Aguinaldo to the national penitentiary. However, US authorities have refused to turn over the US Marine to Philippine authorities despite orders from the RTC.


READ: Standoff between PH, US on Pemberton detention

“Once again, the US gets its way. Pemberton’s US escorts openly defied a lawful order, inside a PH court no less. The US again invokes the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) to ensure that even a convicted American soldier gets special treatment. It is revolting and underscores the need to terminate the lopsided VFA,” Renato M. Reyes Jr., secretary general of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said in a statement on Wednesday.

READ: US on Pemberton verdict: We will proceed in compliance with VFA

“Also appalling was the response of the Aquino government via the Department of Justice. The Executive sided with the US and supported Pemberton’s return to Camp Aguinaldo. Our own officials are spineless. They did not even stand up to US arrogance. They did not assert our national sovereignty,” Reyes added.

Although Bayan welcomed the conviction of Pemberton, the militant group assailed the “apparently short sentence of 6 to 12 years imprisonment,” adding that “this was not commensurate to the offense committed by the US Marine.”


“There can be no real justice if the Philippines cannot exercise its sovereignty in case such as Pemberton’s,” Reyes said.


He said the VFA “has been a long-running affront to our national sovereignty.”

“It makes a mockery of our judicial proceedings. It creates a special class of persons who are given special treatment. The VFA also creates the conditions for more crimes against Filipinos by American forces. Enough is enough,” he said.

The militant group supports calls for placing Pemberton in a Philippine penal facility without any special treatment.  RAM


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TAGS: Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Bayan, Jennifer Laude, Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, National Bilibid Prison, Olongapo Regional Trial Court, RTC, US Marine, VFA, Visiting Forces Agreement
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