A closer look reveals how VFA and the constant presence of US soldiers have been detrimental, subjecting Filipino women to gender-based abuses.
Tags: Jennifer Laude
The Philippines’ “loss” is US hate-mongers’ gain. But that shouldn’t be the reason for anyone to think the Duterte pardon of Pemberton is a calculated jeer at US society.
By DEE AYROSO
“…[w]hile elderly and sickly prisoners continue to be denied humanitarian release amid a deadly pandemic, Duterte has granted absolute pardon to a transphobic murderer, who has not shown an iota of remorse for his brutal crime.”
“We assert that the Visiting Forces Agreement, which has enabled and exacerbated injustice for Jennifer Laude to the greatest extent and which continue to serve as Duterte’s offerings in his ploy for continued US subservience, must be finally abolished to bring justice for our slain sister.”
By DEE AYROSO
“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 Edca, VFA.”
“There will never be justice for Laude unless Pemberton truly pays for his crimes.”
“The Aquino government does not recognize the rights of the LGBT, let alone respect them.”
“What kind of government is this that instead of ensuring complete justice for its own citizen who was victim of a hate crime at the hand of a US soldier, busies itself on how to protect the safety of the killer?”
“Six years into his term, Aquino has only galvanized the fact that those who expose state excesses and injustices are bound to suffer behind bars or face possible death sentence in the hands of his fascist forces.”