President Rodrigo Duterte granted an absolute pardon on to a US marine convicted of killing a transgender woman. Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton has been in prison since the October 2014 killing of Jennifer Laude, whom he met at a bar while on a break from military exercises in Olongapo City. Duterte's pardon clears all legal obstacles to the soldier's release. A court ruling that allowed Pemberton for early release was on appeal. “You have not treated Pemberton fairly. So I will release him (through) pardon,” Duterte said.
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