Duterte’s pardon for marine who killed transgender Filipino a ‘charade’ to keep US military in Philippines: family’s lawyer

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s sudden pardon for a US marine who killed a transgender woman is part of a wider policy shift by Manila aimed at keeping an American military presence in the region.

That’s according to the Centre for International Law Manila (CenterLaw), which represented the victim’s family in the original case against Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, who was convicted in 2015 for the murder of Jennifer Laude.

Rommel Bagares, the centre’s executive director, said…

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