Pemberton now in Camp Aguinaldo

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 22 2014 09:22 AM | Updated as of Oct 22 2014 05:42 PM

MANILA (UPDATED) - US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton, the suspect in the killing of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude, was brought to the Armed Forces headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo Wednesday.

A report from DZMM correspondent Edwin Sevidal said he spotted a Caucasian man being brought out of a helicopter that landed at Camp Aguinaldo at 8:50 a.m.

Gen. Gregorio Catapang, AFP chief of staff, said Pemberton will be detained in an airconditioned 20-footer van inside the Mutual Defense Board Engagement Facility while the preliminary investigation is ongoing.

Pemberton will be sleeping in a military-type cotbed.

"Kailangan may aircon dahil container van. Selyado ito. Mamamatay ka dito kung walang aircon," he told reporters.

He said Pemberton's transfer was "mutually agreed by both countries and governments of the Philippiens and the US through its embassies.

"This is more of a joint custody," he said.

He said the US Marine will be given joint security by both US and Philippine security personnel.

Pemberton. a 19-year-old Marine from New Bedford, Massachusetts, is a member of the Second Battalion, 9th Marines, based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He is accused of killing Laude last October 11.

Pemberton was a no-show during the first day of the preliminary investigation into the death of transgender Jennifer Laude on Tuesday.

At the preliminary probe in Olongapo, Pemberton's counsel Rowena Garcia Flores assured the fiscals the US Marine is still in the Philippines and aboard the USS Peleliu.