LAWYER SAYS PEMBERTON RELEASE EYED WITHIN THE WEEK
The camp of US Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton is working to have him released within the week after President Rodrigo Duterte granted the American serviceman absolute pardon.
Lawyer Rowena Garcia-Flores said they would ask the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI ) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to process Pemberton’s release in Camp Aguinaldo where he is jailed to avoid a “media circus.”
She assured the public that Pemberton would comply with all the requirements set by the NBI and BI for his release.
Pemberton, convicted of homicide for the killing of transgender Filipino woman Jennifer Laude in 2014, is incarcerated in a facility inside Camp Aguinaldo.
Allaying speculations of special treatment, Flores said Pemberton “was inside the jail the whole time.” She said Pemberton’s only social activity was talking to his guards, and that his visitors were only his mother and his lawyers.
In a briefing in Davao City on Monday, Duterte said he had granted absolute pardon to Pemberton, whom he said was treated “unfairly” when his behavior while detained and in prison was not duly monitored by Philippine authorities for good conduct time credits.