Immigration Bureau through AP in the Philippines
MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines on Sunday deported a U.S. Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in a Southeast Asian country in 2014 after receiving an amnesty from President Rodrigo Duterte.
Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton left Manila International Airport at 9:44 a.m. local time (0114 GMT), according to Bureau of Immigration (BI) spokeswoman Dana Sandoval.
He told state television PTV-4 that Pemberton was with representatives of the US embassy on the way to the airport.
“As a result of the deportation order against him, Pembarton has been placed on the bureau’s blacklist, barring him from returning forever,” BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said in a statement.
Details of the flight arrangements to Pemberton were not released to the media after strict security measures were taken.
A court has convicted Jennifer Loud of killing Jennifer Loud at a hotel in Olangapo, six years ago, outside a former U.S. naval base northwest of the capital Manila, a case that sparked controversy in her former colony over U.S. military presence.
Pemberton’s move to pardon Dufert has drawn strong condemnation from activists who have described the move as a “mockery of justice.”
Presidential spokesman Harry Rock, who served as a lawyer in the Pemberton prosecution, said Duart’s decision stemmed from his desire to enter the coronavirus vaccine developed by the U.S. agency.
But the Philippine health minister said none of the US vaccine makers were in talks with the government, they had not set any conditions.
(Enrico della Cruz reporting; Kim Kogil editing)