2 weeks Int’l rights group: Duterte’s pardon of Pemberton reeks of US meddling Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte's pardon of US Marine L/Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton, convicted killer of Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude "did not come by chance," an international rights advocacy group said Monday, stressing that the American's release "reeks of US meddling." Pemberton was deported to the US on Sunday morning, days after Duterte surprisingly granted him pardon for killing Laude in a motel in Olongapo in 2014. Duterte said the Philippines "did not treat him [Pemberton] fairly" and that his "good character" while in detention should be credited. But the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines ... more