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Philippines justifies withdrawal from ICC

Philippines justifies withdrawal from ICC

Philippines justifies withdrawal from ICC

"Duterte's statement highlights the urgent need for a UN-led investigation into the drug war killings", Singh said, adding that an inquiry would add worldwide pressure on the Philippine government to stop the killings.

Duterte, who is buoyed by high popularity ratings in the Philippines, has fiercely defended the drug war as a battle to bring safety to the nation's 100 million people.

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ICC prosecutors could not immediately be reached for comment. "He wants to be in court and put the prosecutor on the stand, to ask who prodded you to proceed to preliminary examination", Roque said then.

"Siguro sa isipan ni prosecutor, "preliminary examination lang naman.' Well that's a fatal mistake".

Panelo, however, said the official copy of the statement is with the Office of the President and was likely to be sent to the ICC as courtesy because the Philippines was a signatory to the Rome Statue that was adopted in 1998 and came into force in 2002.

Roque said the President was not avoiding accountability by having the Philippines leave the ICC, saying the preliminary examination on a communication filed by Filipino lawyer Jude Sabio in connection to the war on drugs will still push through. The statute says withdrawal from the agreement takes effect a year after the United Nations secretary general receives a written request to leave.

Duterte, known for his tough language, previously said he was ready to face the ICC and answer all the allegations against him.

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"We are mindful of the zealous intention of the complainant to eliminate the illegal drug menace prevalent in our country today, and it is public knowledge that this fight has taken numerous lives", a Department of Justice panel said in a ruling seen by Reuters, dated Dec 20 past year, but not made public.

But Roque has also said the ICC has no jurisdiction over the case because the tribunal was intended as a "court of last resort" and the Philippine courts were fully functioning.

According to police reports, 3 967 "drug personalities" were killed for "resisting arrest" during police operations between July 1 2016 and November 27 2017.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque confirmed that the President made the decision.

The Philippines comes under its jurisdiction because it is a member, and pulling out can not affect jurisdiction retroactively.

The President, in the same statement, again slammed the ICC for its supposed "brazen display of ignorance of the law" after attempting to place him under its jurisdiction. Only the Philippines has taken the role of advocating that other countries in the region should become a member.

The serious crimes were specified to genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and crime of aggression.

In response to Duterte's decision, a majority of the Philippine senators signed a resolution declaring that termination or withdrawal from the agreement is only "valid and effective" with their consent.

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