Rody admin detaches self from ICC trial

The Duterte administration moved for the withdrawal from the international body after ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda initiated a preliminary examination of the alleged crimes committed in relation to the government’s deadly campaign against illegal drugs.

The Philippines has disengaged itself from the deliberations of the state parties to the International Criminal Court (ICC), months before the country’s withdrawal to the body takes effect in March. Philippine ambassador to the Netherlands Jaime Victor Ledda delivered the country’s statement during the assembly of state parties to the Rome Statute at The Hague on Thursday (early Friday in Manila).

“The Philippines’ decision to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the ICC is our principled stand against those who politicize human rights, even as our country’s independent and well-functioning organs and agencies continue to exercise jurisdiction over complaints, issues, problems and concerns arising from its efforts to protect its people,” read the statement.

SOURCE: Janvic Mateo (2018). Philippines disengages itself from ICC deliberations. The Philippine Star. December 9, 2018 - 12:00am. https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/12/09/1875477/philippines-disengages-itself-icc-deliberations
The International Criminal Court (ICC or ICCt) is an intergovernmental organization and international tribunal that sits in The Hague in the Netherlands. The ICC has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The ICC is intended to complement existing national judicial systems and it may therefore only exercise its jurisdiction when certain conditions are met, such as when national courts are unwilling or unable to prosecute criminals or when the United Nations Security Council or individual states refer situations to the Court. The ICC began functioning on 1 July 2002, the date that the Rome Statute entered into force. The Rome Statute is a multilateral treaty which serves as the ICC's foundational and governing document. States which become party to the Rome Statute, for example by ratifying it, become member states of the ICC. Currently, there are 123 states which are party to the Rome Statute and therefore members of the ICC.

SOURCE: International Criminal Court. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Criminal_Court
The one thing that spooks President Duterte fiercely is the case of crime against humanity brought against him before the International Criminal Court in The Hague which gave him the dubious distinction of being the first Southeast Asian leader to be charged before the ICC.

Rare is his public speaking engagements that he does not take a jab at ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda who announced last Feb. 8 that she has started a preliminary examination of the information filed in connection with the extrajudicial killings under the Duterte presidency.

And when Duterte is agitated, he spews out fake news. That has rubbed on his Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo who immediately issued an incoherent statement last Thursday denouncing the decision of Bensouda to continue assessing the information filed with her office against Duterte.

SOURCE: Ellen T. Tordesillas (2018). Malacañang’s incoherent statement on ICC’s continuing probe. Posted at Dec 08 2018 09:59 AM. https://news.abs-cbn.com/blogs/opinions/12/08/18/malacaangs-incoherent-statement-on-iccs-continuing-probe

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