Pemberton ruling draws mixed reactions online

Rappler Social Media Team
Pemberton ruling draws mixed reactions online
Here's what netizens are saying about the guilty verdict against the US Marine

MANILA, Philippines – Social media was set ablaze on Tuesday, December 1, as US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton was found guilty of homicide for the death of Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude.  

Laude was found dead on October 11, 2014 at a motel in Olongapo City, where she was last seen with Pemberton.

The US Marine has been sentenced to 6 to 12 years in prison, and ordered to pay more than P4 million in damages to the Laude family.

After the ruling, “Laude” trended on Twitter worldwide, while “Pemberton” trended in the Philippines.


‘Bittersweet win’

Netizens expressed mixed reactions over the verdict. Many were taken aback by the amount of compensation the Laudes will receive, the duration of Pemberton’s sentence, and the court’s decision that the killing was homicide and not murder.


‘Justice served’

Some Twitter users celebrated the verdict, however.


Rappler is also getting feedback on the verdict through polls on Facebook and Twitter, with more users on both platforms agreeing with the court’s decision as of this writing.

Court finds US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton guilty of homicide in the death of Jennifer Laude. Do you agree with the ruling?

Posted by Rappler on Tuesday, December 1, 2015


What do you think of the verdict in the Pemberton case? Write about it on X. – Lopez

Noel Lopez is an intern with Rappler’s Social Media Team.

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