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Liza Soberano, Kaladkaren, other celebs, and netizens reacts to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s absolute pardon for Joseph Scott Pemberton

President Rodrigo Duterte granted absolute pardon due Pemberton’s good conduct time allowance and lack of monitoring of good behavior which Pres. Duterte deemed unfair.

Celebs posted their reaction regarding President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to grant absolute pardon to US Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton for the homicide of Jennifer Laude.

Actress Liza Soberano posted her emotional response to Pres. Duterte’s decision noting the lack of fairness for the murder of Laude due to sexual orientation and that good conduct doesn’t wipe clean Pemberton’s hate crime.

Transgender Celebrity and Host Kaladkaren also posted her reaction towards the decision noting that Laude’s family hopes for justice from the Philippines.

Saab Magalona expressed her heartbreak over the decision.

Actor Vance Larena also expressed his thoughts on good conduct that was used as grounds for the absolute pardon.

Musicians Paolo and Miguel Benjamin of Ben&Ben, and Jason Dhakal also posted their reaction to the absolute pardon.

Journalists and writers expressed their dismay over the absolute pardon.

Sen. Riza Hontiveros, a known LGBTQ+ advocate, also posted her dismay over the absolute pardon.

Netizens also posted their reactions to the absolute pardon of Pemberton.

President Rodrigo Duterte granted absolute pardon to Scott Joseph Pemberton based on the good conduct time allowance. Pres. Duterte also said that Pemberton was treated unfairly because his behavior was not duly monitored by Philippine authorities for good conduct time credits while he was detained.

Jennifer Laude, a transgender woman, was killed by Pemberton on October 11, 2014. Pemberton was found guilty of homicide on December 1, 2015, via the Olongapo Regional Trial Court. He was sentenced with 6 to 12 years of imprisonment but was later reduced to 10 years maximum by virtue of reconsideration.



The Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction of Pemberton for killing Laude in 2017. Pemberton pleaded to reverse the guilty verdict but was junked due to his defense lacking merit.

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