MANILA – The Armed Forces of Philippines (AFP) on Sunday said the case of US Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton, who was convicted of killing transgender Jennifer Laude in 2014, is an isolated case.
“That does not embody the totality or the intent of training with our American counterparts — or with the armed forces of other countries for that matter,” AFP spokesperson Marine Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said in a statement.
“In every iteration of the training, stringent measures were put in place and strict regulations are in force to guide the conduct of the individual participant or of the entire contingent,” Arevalo added.
While there are comprehensive briefings on laws, customs, and cultural sensitivities for visiting service members, there are some who deviate from the established norms and desired conduct.