The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday clarified that the deportation of US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton shall take place after the murder trial of the American soldier.
In a statement, Justice Secretary Benjamin Caguioa said the trial for the crime of murder against Pemberton is still pending in a Philippine court.
Caguioa added that the deportation can only be implemented upon termination of the trial.
He said a foreigner cannot be deported until the case against him pending before local courts has been resolved.
“In the case of United States Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, the murder case filed against him for the alleged murder of transgender Filipina Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude is still pending trial before the Olongapo City RTC [Regional Trial Court]. Hence, Pemberton is under the jurisdiction of the trial court and the deportation order issued by the BI [Bureau of Immigration] cannot be implemented during the pendency of the trial of the case,” Caguioa explained. JOMAR CANLAS