Philippines to withdraw from International Criminal Court

Philippines to withdraw from International Criminal Court

Philippines to withdraw from International Criminal Court

He said the President could not be blamed for his latest pronouncement, since UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's previous remark that Duterte undergo "psychiatric evaluation" was insulting.

A senior Malacanang Palace official defended the inclusion of a United Nations rapporteur, a Filipino citizen, in the list of 600 alleged communist leaders and members whom the government wanted to be declared as "terrorists" by the court.

"As demonstrated above, the very considerations upon which the Philippines agreed to be a signatory to the Rome Statute have not been observed nor complied with hence the Philippines hereby withdraws from the Rome Statute", he added. Some translations of this statement strive to make it clear he was indeed suggesting that human rights investigators should be fed to crocodiles.

The Hague-based ICC announced last month it was launching a "preliminary examination" of Duterte's bloody anti-drug crackdown that has drawn global concern.

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The statement had not been signed by Duterte, but presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo confirmed it was authentic.

"Rather than attacking human rights bodies and human rights defenders, we urge the government to display honest commitment to transparency and the rule of law by allowing unhampered investigations to take place", the commission said.

Mr Zeid's comments on Friday come amid deteriorating relations between Manila and the United Nations, and followed the government's decision to include a United Nations special rapporteur on a list of 600 people they want to class as "terrorists".

He said Bensouda likewise gave a "premature public announcement" about a preliminary examination into the government's anti-drug campaign.

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The Philippines is not the first country to quit the ICC.

"The accusations of these United Nation officials have the effect of painting me guilty before the eyes of the world", Duterte said.

The Commission on Human Rights on Tuesday, March 14, urged the Philippine government to stop its attacks on human rights bodies and defenders.

By withdrawing the country's ratification of the statute, the Philippines expects that the ICC would no longer have jurisdiction over it.

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Duterte dared it to bring him to trial and said he would rot in jail to save Filipinos from crime and drugs.

He reiterated that the drug-related killings "lacked the intent to kill" and were merely the result of legitimate police operations.

He noted that the treaty has not yet been published in the Official Gazette or in newspapers even after its ratification in 2011. "If you investigate me, I'll slap you", Duterte said at the time, according to Rappler online news website.

The President's statement is also a complete turnaround from an earlier statement, when he said he welcomed the ICC probe and that he would speak to an ICC representative one-on-one.

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"Considering that such immunity is part and parcel of the organic law of the Philippines, it can not be removed through the enactment of a state or be bargained away through negation of a treaty", he said.

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