Laudes want VFA scrapped

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 16 2015 03:33 PM | Updated as of Apr 16 2015 11:33 PM

MANILA - The Laude camp filed a petition before the Supreme Court today questioning the order by the Olongapo City Regional Trial Court for joint PH-US custody of Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton.

Along with their lawyers Harry Roque and Romel Bagares, Marilou and Mesehilda Laude urged the SC to declare unconstitutional the VFA "insofar as it impairs the constitutional power of the Supreme Court to promulgate rules for practice before it, including the Rules of Criminal Procedure."

The Laudes asked the SC to order Malacanang, through Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, the Armed Forces, and the Olongapo City Prosecutor's Office to immediately effect the turnover of Pemberton to Philippine custody, consistent with the Rules on Criminal Procedure.

They said these Rules have not been changed by the SC, which has sole authority to do so.

Pemberton is accused of killing Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude.