Senator Imee Marcos on September 7 lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for laying the issue of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton “to rest” by granting the latter absolute pardon.
Pemberton was convicted of killing transgender woman Jennifer Laude in 2014.
He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and but has only served 5 years.
“The role of the president in issuing a pardon is to prevent any future discordant issues that opposition politicians would try to exploit,” Marcos said.
“The president has laid the issue to rest and we thank him for it,” she added.