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Geraldine Roman: ‘Why give special treatment to Pemberton?’

Sep 8, 2020 @ 13:28
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Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman on Tuesday expressed her disappointment with President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to grant absolute pardon to former US Marine Joseph Pemberton, who is serving a 10-year sentence for the killing of transwoman Jennifer Laude in 2014.

“As a human being with a trans experience, hindi ko maiwasang masaktan sa mga nagaganap sa kaso ng aking trans sister na si Jennifer Laude laban kay Joseph Scott Pemberton,” said Roman, who is transgender and an LGBT advocate.

“Mariin kong ipinapahayag ang hindi ko pagsang-ayon sa pagpapalaya kay Joseph Scott Pemberton na may pananagutan sa pagpatay kay Jennifer Laude noong 2014,” she added.

“Bilang isang Filipino, tinatanong ko ang aking sarili kung bakit kailangang mangyari ito at kung bakit binigyan ng special treatment ang isang banyaga?” Roman said.

“Marami sa ating mga kababayan ang nagkasala sa batas ngunit hindi naman nabigyan ng parehong pagkakataon. Hindi dapat ganito,” she said.

“Bilang bahagi ng pamahalaan at bilang isang politiko, nauunawaan ko na mayroong mga ganitong negosasyon sa pagitan ng mga bansa ngunit naniniwala ako na dapat panagutan ni Joseph Scott Pemberton ang kanyang krimen sa buong lawak ng batas ng Pilipinas,” Roman said.

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