Saturday, October 24, 2015

Bulletin: Joseph Scott Pemberton; The Philippines; Deportation ordered issued - but cannot be acted on until his murder trial is over. The Philippine Star.

"The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has issued a deportation order against US Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton even as he is still on trial for the killing of a Filipino transgender last year. But the BI clarified the deportation order could not be immediately enforced pending clearance from the Olongapo City Regional Trial Court Branch 74, which is hearing Pemberton’s case. The Marine is being tried for the murder of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude in October last year inside a motel room in Olongapo..." Likewise, Pemberton’s offer for self-deportation was denied for lack of merit. Pemberton was one of the US soldiers conducting a joint drill with Filipino forces under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA): The killing of Laude triggered public outrage and rekindled calls for the scrapping of the VFA."