PHL government disappointed over US invoking rights to custody of Pemberton

“We are disappointed that the US has chosen to invoke their rights under the Visiting Forces Agreement to maintain custody of the accused,” Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement after United States government through its Embassy in Manila denied Philippines’ request for custody of Marine Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton.

US Embassy in Manila said, “In response to a Philippine Government request for custody of Joseph Scott Pemberton, the U.S. Embassy informed the Department of Foreign Affairs on December 17 that the United States will retain custody of Pemberton as provided by the United States-Philippine Visiting Forces Agreement.”

Pemberton will stay in Philippine territory but in the custody of US within the agreed detention facility.

US ensured that Pemberton will attend all required appearances by Philippine judicial system until justice is served.