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Robin Padilla backs Pemberton pardon: Duterte’s compassionate decision strengthens PH friendship with United States

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Actor Robin Padilla has thrown his support for President Duterte’s decision to pardon American serviceman Joseph Scott Pemberton.

Pemberton, who was convicted for the 2014 killing of transgender woman Jennifer Laude, has been released from detention after six years in prison. He has reportedly flown back to the United States after being deported by authorities.

In a Facebook post, Padilla said the President was right in granting pardon to Pemberton. Although he joined the clamor for justice for the killing of Laude, Padilla said Pemberton, like other convicts who served half of their prison term, could avail of good conduct time allowance as allowed by the country’s law.

“Tama ang ginawa ni mayor PRRD,” Padilla said.

“It was the most compassionate decision not only for the americans but for us as well,” he said.

He said the pardon given also strengthens the friendship between the Philippines and the United States. He said Filipinos might need the help of the Americans especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

“One way or the other we will soon need them and this pardon strengthens that bond of friendship between us as people,” he said.

“Ang panahon ng pandemya ay oras ng pakikipagbuklod kay bigbrother,” he said.

Padilla said Filipinos should simply list Pemberton’s offense as among the US debts of the nation.

“Isulat na lamang natin ito sa talaan ng mga atraso ng amerikano sa atin mula sa massacre sa probinsya ng Samar hanggang sa massacre of Bud bagsak sa Jolo na walang mga nakulong na amerikanong sundalo,” he said.

Like Pemberton, Padilla received absolute pardon from President Duterte in 2016. He was earlier convicted for illegal possession of firearms.

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