Press Release
September 7, 2020

Senator Risa Hontiveros on the presidential pardon of Pemberton

The Presidential pardon of Pemberton is an unbelievable affront not only to the LGBTQI+ community but to the Filipino people.

While Filipinos who are convicted even of lesser crimes are never accorded such a privilege, an American who brutally killed a Filipina is allowed to walk free by the President himself. This current move also gives the lie to the so-called support of the president for the trans and the whole LGBTQI community.

The Laude family filed a motion for reconsideration over the previous court order on Pemberton's early release and yet instead of the President showing his support for Jennifer's family, his own people, he favored an American soldier. Imbes na suporta sa Pilipina, bakit suporta sa Amerikano?

Pinalaya ang isang Amerikano na mamamatay tao habang nababalitaan natin ang mga kababayan natin na matatanda na nakakulong, o mga mahihirap na nakulong dahil nagnakaw ng pagkain.

Ang presidential pardon na nagpapalaya sa dayuhan na pumatay kay Jennifer ay dagdag hinanakit hindi lang sa pamilya niya, kundi pati narin sa LGBTQI+ community at sa mga Pilipinong naghahanap ng hustisya.

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