Duterte warns ICC members of arrest if drug war probe continues

admin   •   April 13, 2018   •   3353

President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday has warned of arresting members of the International Criminal Court (ICC) if they will continue to investigate his administration’s war on drugs campaign.

“You can’t exercise any proceedings here without basis. That is illegal and I will arrest you,” he said.

Duterte said the tribunal has no authority to conduct such investigation because the Philippines “was never a member” of the ICC, adding that there was no official publication of the country’s membership to the international body.

He specifically warned ICC’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensuada not to come to the Philippines.

“Ikaw Ms. Fatou (Bensouda), ‘wag kang pumunta dito (do not come here) because I will bar you, not because I am afraid of you, I said, because you will never have jurisdiction over my person. Not in a million years,” Duterte said.

In May, Mr. Duterte announced his decision to withdraw from the Rome Statute that created the ICC while its members started conducting preliminary examination on allegations of human rights violations against Duterte in connection with his anti-illegal drugs campaign. — UNTV News & Rescue

Cebu LGU, binawi na ang kautusan para sa uuwing OFWs, ROFs

UNTV News   •   June 23, 2021

CEBU, Philippines — Binawi na ni Cebu Province Governor Gwendolyn Garcia ang inilabas nitong Executive Order No. 23 noong Lunes, kung saan binalaan ang mga ahensya ng pamahalaan na kakasuhan kung lalabag sa swab-upon- arrival policy ng lalawigan at ang magpipilit na i-quarantine ang mga uuwing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) at returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs).

Sa pahayag ng gobernador ng Cebu, ipatutupad na sa probinsya ang itinakdang health protocols ng National Covid-19 Task Force hinggil sa testing at quarantine sa mga OFWs at ROFs.

Ang naturang pagbawi ay bunsod ng naging pahayag ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na hindi exempted ang Cebu sa pagpapatupad sa itinakdang guidelines ng national government.

“In-deference to the president, I am announcing right now that the executive order that I issued, EO 23, yesterday reminding all heads of government agencies that the provincial ordinance was in-effect. I am now setting aside in deference to the the president” sinabi ni Gov. Garcia

Tuloy pa rin ang pagpapatupad swab-upon-arrival policy ngunit kailangan ng manatili sa isang quarantine facility ng mga OFWs at ROFs sa loob ng sampung araw.

Samantala, may nakatakdang pagpupulong sa June 28, 2021 si Governor Garcia kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque kasama ang mga technical expert upang pag-usapan ang IATF guidelines. (Ulat mula kay Iris Madelo)

 

Duterte slams proposed ICC probe anew

Maris Federez   •   June 22, 2021

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Matina, Davao City on June 21, 2021. JOEY DALUMPINES/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte once again stressed his stance against the International Criminal Court (ICC) on the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.

“Why would I defend or face an accusation before white people? You must be crazy. Mga colonizers ito noon (They were colonizers in the past) and they have not atoned for their sins against the countries that they invaded, including the Philippines,” Duterte said.

The president maintained that he will just face a Philippine court in front of a Filipino judge.

“They are trying to set up a court outside our country and making us liable to face them. Our laws are different. Our criminal procedure is different. How are you supposed to get justice there?” the President said. “I will readily face a court, being accused in a Philippine court before a Filipino judge.”

Duterte made this statement after Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año reported during a pre-taped meeting with the president the status of the government’s anti-illegal drug operations.

In his report, Año enumerated the arrests made by authorities which include high-profile individuals and the number of those killed during their operations.

This, the President said, is what the ICC does not understand.

“If you do not move against them, it will destroy our country. Narco-politics ito eh,” Duterte said, adding that such has been eradicated after several mayors were killed during anti-drug operations.

“We’re not saying that we are killing them. We kill them because they fight back,” he said.

Last June 15, outgoing ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda requested that the court conduct an investigation into the alleged crimes against humanity committed by the Duterte administration in its war on drugs. —/mbmf

Complainants ready to support ICC on probe vs. Duterte war on drugs

Marje Pelayo   •   June 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Complainants in the Philippines’ drug war issue said there won’t be any problem even if the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte won’t cooperate in the investigation that was sought by former International Criminal Court Prosecutor (ICC) Fatou Bensouda.

According to Atty. Kristina Conti of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) who stands as one of the legal counsels of the complainants, they are more than willing to support the investigation by providing witnesses and pieces of evidence.

“Kung usapin naman access doon sa witnesses doon sa mga dokumento na hindi makapasok sa PIlipinas, pwede naman kami gumawa ng paraan na kami yung mga witnesses yung lalabas ng bansa,” Conti said.

She said that although officials of the Duterte government have the right to remain silent about the issue, the complainants have the right to access evidence under the Freedom of Information Law, especially if the killings involved their loved ones.

They believe justice will be served as culprits in the crime will soon be put behind bars.

“Hindi kami sasalalay doon sa kung ano ang sasabihin nila. Hindi kami sasalalay kung ano ang aaminin nila. Sasalalay kami doon sa lakas namin. The strength of the prosecution will rely kung ano yung aming ebidensya,” the lawyer added.

Atty. Neri Colmenares who also stands as one of the legal counsels of the complainants expressed confidence that the case will yield positive results in their favor.

“We are very confident na magawa and of course hopefully ang bagong presidente sa 2022 will not protect President Duterte lalo na kung wala na siya sa pwesto,” he said.

The NUPL said they expected the administration’s refusal to cooperate in the probe which was obvious when the national government decided to withdraw from the ICC sometime in 2019 when attempts to investigate the so-called extrajudicial killings in the Philippines surfaced.

“Alam ito ni Secretary Roque bilang familiar siya sa ICC. States have the responsibility to fulfill their duties even after they have left the ICC kasi itong imbestigasyon na ito ay nasimulan noong miyembro pa tayo hindi pwedeng aalis na lang tayo tapos bahala na,” Conti argued.

The group is asking President Duterte that, for the sake of fairness, if the Chief Executive chooses to keep mum on the issue, he should at least allow the investigation and provide protection to the complainants and the witnesses.  MNP (with reports from Dante Amento)

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