Women’s partylist group Gabriela protested today at the Camp Aguinaldo to demand the transfer of convicted murderer US marine Pfc Joseph Scott Pemberton’s detention from a US military structure inside Camp Aguinaldo to a Philippine jail facility and; demand the abrogation of all US-PH military agreements.
“There would be no other way to best honor the memory of Jennifer Laude and boost the people’s cry for justice than by putting an end to the special treatment enjoyed by Pemberton and abrogating the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, the Visiting Forces Agreement and all other military treaties that have spawned abuses, violence and deaths among Filipino women and children,” said Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Emmi De Jesus.
Fellow Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas meanwhile expressed hopes that the Duterte government’s track of pursuing an independent foreign policy will translate to concrete gains in the dispensation of justice for Jennifer Laude.
“Si Jennifer Laude ang isa sa maraming naging biktima ng karahasan at abuso ng mga sundalong Amerikano ng bansa. Matitindi ang binitawang salita ng pangulo laban sa mga krimen na ginawa ng mga sundalong Amerikano sa ating bansa at nararamdaman natin ang hangarin para sa hustisya.”
Jennifer Laude was found dead from a violent sexual encounter with US marine private Joseph Scott Pemberton two years ago in Subic, Olongapo.
Gabriela Women’s Party Representatives Emmi De Jesus and Arlene Brosas are also gathering signatures for House Resolution 420 expressing the sense of the House in support of President Duterte’s unequivocal pronouncement calling for the cessation of the Philippines- United States of America (PH-US) joint military exercises permitted under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).