Sep 11, 2020 @ 9:29
Guevarra: Pemberton will be turned over to the Bureau of Immigration today, Friday
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday disclosed that former United States Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton will be turned over anytime to the Bureau of Immigration but will remain at the Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
While in JUSMAG, Pemberton will be guarded by immigration officers, Guevarra told ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo.
The other day, the BI said that it will implement a deportation order that it issued against Pemberton once he was released from detention.
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente claimed that BI is dutybound and mandated to implement a summary deportation order that the bureau’s board of commissioners issued against Pemberton on Sept. 16, 2015 for being an undesirable alien.
President Duterte announced recently that he was pardoning Pemberton who was convicted for killing transgender woman Jennifer Laude in 2014.
According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, Pemberton can now be released from jail and his good conduct time allowance (GCTA) is no longer an issue.
“Ibig sabihin po niyan, makalalaya na si Pemberton, wala na pong issue kung siya ay entitled sa GCTA, wala na pong issue kung applicable sa kanya yung batas dahil hindi siya nakulong sa national penitentiary. Binura na po ng Presidente kung ano pa yung parusa na dapat ipapataw kay Pemberton,” Roque told reporters.
“Ang di po nabura ng Presidente, yung conviction ni Pemberton, mamatay-tao pa rin po siya, pero kung ano yung karagdagang parusa pa, binura na ng Presidente,” he pointed out.
The Olongapo City regional trial court has ordered the release of Pemberton.
This as the court granted Pemberto’s bid for release after serving 10 years, one month, and 10 days that included his good conduct time allowance.
Also, the court noted that Pemberton has already paid in full the monetary damages to slain transgender woman Jennifer Laude’s family amounting to P4. 6 million.
Prior to his release, Pemberton served five years and eight months of his original sentence of 10 years. But because of the GCTA rule, 1,548 days or more than four years were credited to him, hence, Pemberton accumulated 10 years, one month, and 10 days.
Recently, the Supreme Court granted Pemberton’s motion withdrawing his petition for review seeking to overturn his conviction.
Pemberton asked the high court to review the Court of Appeal’s decision affirming the ruling of conviction handed down by the Olongapo City RTC.