Pangasinan Fourth District Representative Christopher “Toff” De Venecia slammed President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to pardon US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton, the killer of transgender Jennifer Laude.
“Tama bang pinanigan natin ang banyagang nagkasala at nakagawa ng bagay na karimarimarim, kaysa sa sarili nating kapwa? Hindi ito tama. #JusticeForJenniferLaude,” De Venecia said in a Facebook post on Tuesday, September 8.
Pemberton had been sentenced to jail for 10 years due to homicide, but Duterte’s pardon paved the way for his release.
The US soldier was already deported to the United States on Sunday, September 13, and is expected to face a court martial.