A statement from Philippine military spokesman Major-General Edgard Arevalo said they had not received any court order, but they would abide by it.
The decision was deplored by Harry Roque, now the spokesman for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte but who briefly represented the Laude’s family during the trial.
“Laude’s death personifies the death of Philippine sovereignty and the light penalty imposed on Pemberton proves that despite the president’s independent foreign policy… Americans continue to have the status of conquering colonials in our country,” he said.
Virginia Suarez, a lawyer for the Laude family, asked the court to reconsider Pemberton’s release.
She said his supposed good conduct had never been put to the test because he served his sentence in special facilities, rather than a regular prison.