The Laude camp have requested six US visas and P38 million in exchange for capitulation of the case with the United States Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton accused with murder of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude, a Filipino transgender who was assassinated last October 2014.
According to Rowena Flores, “the information was relayed by a reliable source.” However, the amount of P21.6 million was parted from the amount being requested by the Laude’s lawyer Virgie Suarez.
Suarez said, “the P21 million was an initial computation of damages and the payment is for the moral, exemplary and moral damages where Laude’s sister Marilou had stated.”
She added, “there is no truth to the alleged demand for US visas as Marilou clarified that they are not asking for visas.”
Presentation of evidences was conducted by the defense team and the mother of the accused named Lisa Pemberton has stood as a witness.
In the Regional Trial Court supervised by Judge Roline Ginez Jabalde, Pemberton admitted in his testimony that he did not choke Laude in the motel room as an act of self-defense.
However, Flores said Pemberton meant to prove the conditions of treachery, abuse of superior and cruelty were not existent in the murder case.
“Pemberton’s admission in court has encouraged the case of the prosecution wherein we will target Pemberton’s conviction for murder,” Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.
Source: Digital Edition Philstar
April Mae Osmeña Espada,