Joseph Scott Pemberton
Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton has refused to apologize for his crime even after President Rodrigo Duterte set him free.
The high-profile case has highlighted the uneasy US-Philippine diplomatic relationship.
Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted after killing Jennifer Laude, a Filipino trans woman, in 2014.
The presidential pardon makes way for an early release for US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, who was found guilty of killing Jennifer Laude in the Philippines in 2014.
Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton claimed he acted in self-defense after discovering that the person who was giving him oral sex was transgender.
Prosecutors say there is "probable cause" to believe Joseph Scott Pemberton killed Laude, and that the act was "aggravated by treachery, abuse of superior strength, and cruelty."
A US Marine is accused of brutally murdering a transgender Filipina woman in a case that could jeopardize military agreements between the two countries.