”I am saddened with the position of the US. Their interpretation of the Visiting Force Agreement is very technical. They did not consider the request of the victim’s family,” Senate President Franklin Drilon said.
Government of the United States of America through its Embassy in Manila denied Philippine custody for Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton who is charged with murder for killing a Filipino transgender.
Drilon said VFA provisions on custody and detention do not conform with Philippine Revised Penal Code. He added that the current case is a good opportunity to start the review of VFA.
”I’m in favor and in support of proposal to review the VFA,” the Senate President said.