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13 Sep 2020 6:43 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from ""Absolute Pardon" for tansgender murder in Philippines" to ""Absolute Pardon" for transgender murder in Philippines"

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emckinney13 Sep 2020 1:05 p.m. PST

I'm going to risk Dawghousing because this directly affects the safety of our overseas editors.

President Duarte if the Philippines granted an "absolute pardon" to a U.S. Marine convicted six years ago of murdering a transgender woman, leaving her head thrust into a motel toilet.

A court had ruled that the prisoner had to be credited for good behavior; critics argued that he had been held separate from the general population, so there was bare opportunity for bad behavior. Since the prisoner was supposed to be released under the order, the presidential pardon seems to be gratuitous.

Past statements by President Duarte expressed hostility toward people like the victim. Critics see the pardon as a promise that other murderers should expect to be let off, or to serve very short sentences, if the president disapproves of the victims.

BorisTheSpider13 Sep 2020 2:52 p.m. PST

It was obscene that Duterte was invited to the Whitehouse.

William Warner13 Sep 2020 3:41 p.m. PST

Couldn't agree more.

Wargamer Blue13 Sep 2020 4:36 p.m. PST

What were the circumstances of the actual murder? What caused it to happen?

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP13 Sep 2020 5:15 p.m. PST

@Wargamer Blue:

What were the circumstances of the actual murder?

Pemberton picked Laude up at a bar and took her to motel, probably had sex with her, and then strangled her and stuffed her head into a toilet.


What caused it to happen?

"A witness told investigators that Pemberton said he choked Laude after discovering she was transgender."


Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian13 Sep 2020 6:56 p.m. PST

Duterte is generally favorable toward LGBT rights.

He said that the pardon was a matter of fairness; that Pemberton would be out if not for 'technical reasons'.

emckinney13 Sep 2020 8:21 p.m. PST

Bill, I apologize if my characterization of Duarte and the politics were wrong. I was basing it on reports.

A 10-year sentence is pretty short for second degree murder.

In any case, a disheartening bit of violence and hate.

Legion 414 Sep 2020 9:14 a.m. PST


Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2020 2:34 p.m. PST

As for Duterte, his views and policies appear to be rather flexible.
Since court martial verdicts can be overturned if the Good Guy murdered Bad Guys, or so he claimed, Duterte seems to be sucking up.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian15 Sep 2020 3:10 p.m. PST

A 10-year sentence is pretty short for second degree murder.

I believe that Philippine law still allows for a "shock" defense – that is, that idea that the murderer was acting in shock from learning the true gender of the victim. (The shock defense is generally no longer allowed in most First World nations.)

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian16 Sep 2020 2:43 p.m. PST

Murder is not particularly funny, especially when both our staff editors have had brothers murdered. Life is tough in the Philippines.

dapeters17 Sep 2020 2:00 p.m. PST

In the USA we still have a notion of a crime of Passion

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