Duterte threatens to arrest ICC members because of probe against his drug war

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday warned he will have members of the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrested here if they will continue to investigate the government's anti-illegal drugs campaign. "You can't exercise any proceedings here without basis. That is illegal and I will arrest you," he said. (Duterte to ICC probers: I will arrest you; ABS-CBN News; Posted at Apr 13 2018 08:15 AM; news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/13/18/duterte-to-icc-probers-i-will-arrest-you)
President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday threatened to arrest investigators of the International Criminal Court (ICC) should they visit the Philippines to conduct an inquiry on the alleged state sanctioned killings being linked to his war on drugs. Duterte maintained that the ICC had no jurisdiction on the communication filed by lawyer Jude Sabio in April last year, arguing that the Rome Statute—the treaty that established the court—is not enforceable in the Philippines because it was not published in the government's publication or commercial newspaper. The Philippines had already withdrawn its membership in the ICC on Duterte’s orders last month. (Duterte to ICC probers: Stop your nonsense or I will arrest you; Published April 13, 2018 9:50am; By VIRGIL LOPEZ, GMA News; www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/649903/duterte-to-icc-probers-stop-your-nonsense-or-i-will-arrest-you/story/)

The Philippine Drug War, also known locally as the War on Drugs (Filipino: Giyera Kontra Droga, lit. "War Against Drugs"), refers to the drug policy in the Philippines initiated by the Philippine government under President Rodrigo Duterte. It has been criticized locally and internationally for the number of deaths resulting from police operations, and alleged summary executions. According to police reports, 3,900 deaths were legal operations and that all of those who died fought against the police force. All deaths included Filipinos who fought against the police and possessed definite amount of drugs and guns.

In February 2018, the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague announced a “preliminary examination” into killings linked to the Philippine government’s “war on drugs” since at least July 1, 2016. SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Drug_War

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