Laude family on homicide ruling: We are not content, but at least Pemberton will be jailed

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Julita, Jennifer Laude's mother, breaks down during a press conference minutes after the court read the ruling on December 1, 2015.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted on Tuesday (December 1) of homicide in the killing of Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude, but her family was dismayed over the court's decision.

Laude's mother, Julita, said that she is not content that Pemberton was only sentenced to six to 12 years of imprisonment.

"Hindi ako kuntento sinabi na anim na taon hanggang sampu. Ganunpaman, ang importante makukulong siya. Hindi masasayang ang ipinaglaban namin. Hindi masasayang ang buhay ng anak ko," she said during a press conference minutes after the court read the ruling.

[Translation: I am not content with the six to 10 years of imprisonment. But what's important is he will be jailed. Our efforts were not put to waste. The death of my child was not put to waste.]

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Julita added that she fears that even if they put Pemberton behind bars today, it may not last for long.

"Baka isang araw lang o dalawang araw, makita yang si Pemberton nagsshopping sa U.S. kapag hindi siya nasurrender," she said.

[Translation: If he is not surrendered to the Philippine police right away, we may see Pemberton shopping in the U.S. after a day or two.]

Jennifer's sister, Marilou, echoed her mother's sentiment on the judge's ruling.

"Natapos na ang laban pero parang hindi pa totally tapos. Hindi kami kuntento sa binigay na hatol. Ang habol namin murder, pero bakit naging homicide?" said Marilou.

[Translation: The fight is over but we are not content with the ruling. We wanted him charged for murder, but why was he charged with homicide?]

Even though they are not content with the decision, the family and their counsel still find solace in the judge's ruling that Pemberton will be detained temporarily in the New Bilibid Prison.

"Sa ngayon napakahirap na, bakit mas nilalamang pa rin ang taga ibang bansa. Ang U.S. kaysa Pilipino. Mas pinapanigan pa rin," added Malou.

"This is not a complete justice, but we have to recognize that there is victory here," said Atty. Virgie Suarez, the family's lawyer.

Suarez commended Olongapo Regional Trial Court Branch 74 Judge Roline M. Ginez-Jabalde for the ruling that Pemberton be jailed in the national prison.

The family said that all they want for now is to see Pemberton enter the gates of the New Bilibid Prison.

Timeline: The Jennifer Laude murder case

Photos: Pemberton murder trial