Philippines' Duterte moves to quit International Criminal Court

Philippines' Duterte moves to quit International Criminal Court

THE Philippines' withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will not stop the preliminary examination of allegations of human rights violations against President Rodrigo Duterte, opposition lawmakers said Wednesday, March 14.

Lagman further pointed out that the withrawal can not derail the ongoing preliminary examination of Duterte's alleged crimes against humanity in relation to his administration's drug war.

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.

Human rights activists say Duterte's vow to kill thousands of illicit drug dealers have led police to carry out extrajudicial killings of suspected dealers and users.

About 4,000 mostly urban poor Filipinos have been killed by police in the past 19 months in a brutal crackdown that has alarmed the global community.

'I will invoke my power of supervision and control and will review (the) dismissal, ' Duterte's spokesman, Harry Roque, quoted the president as saying during a joint command conference with police and military officials on Tuesday evening.

"I therefore declare and forthwith give notice. that the Philippines is withdrawing its ratification of the Rome Statute effective immediately", he added.

Duterte's bloody campaign has caused worldwide alarm and fierce criticism from some United Nations representatives, including High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, who on Friday said Duterte should submit himself for a psychiatric examination.

While President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies may want that to happen, the Rome Statute explicitly says there is a one-year period before a withdrawal takes effect. Sabio is the lawyer of self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato, who said he killed people in Davao City upon the orders of then then-Mayor Duterte.

Margot Robbie to play Sharon Tate in Tarantino's Manson film
Tarantino reportedly met with Robbie to discuss the role last summer, but he never officially offered her the job - until now. It's the first film Tarantino will shoot since severing ties with the Weinstein Company.

He also defended the police officers involved in the deadly drug operations, saying they "lacked the intent to kill".

Police have denied the charges, insisting they only shot armed suspects in self-defense during legitimate anti-drug raids.

Last month, he indicated he would cooperate with the ICC examination and even said he would prefer a firing squad to prison.

"Looks like they are really afraid. Why?" The Philippines says that is far from the case.

Once the office of Guterres receives the letter, the Philippine government has to wait for a year before the withdrawal takes effect. He said the Rome Statute that established the tribunal for heinous leaders can not be enforced in the Philippines because it has not been made public as required by law after Filipino senators ratified it in 2011.

"I will gladly do it for my country", Duterte said.

The president's decision has been widely criticised by human rights advocates and his political foes.

Senator Antonio Trillanes said Duterte was withdrawing "because he knows that there is no way out for him in the ICC".

Related Articles

  • Case Keenum To Sign With Denver Broncos

    Case Keenum To Sign With Denver Broncos

    Kubiak is now the Denver Broncos' senior personnel advisor so the team will be familiar with their new quarterback. The 30-year old QB finished the season with 3,547 passing yards as well as 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
    Prospect of a white St Patrick's Day locally played down

    Prospect of a white St Patrick's Day locally played down

    The Beast from the East might have absconded with Storm Emma but it appears that more inclement weather is just around the corner. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are set to be wet with frost in places but things will take a turn for the worst over the weekend.

    Earnings Clues on Chevron Corporation (CVX), Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) Analyst's Predictions

    The company was maintained on Monday, July 11 by Jefferies. (NYSE:BBY) earned "Hold" rating by Telsey Advisory on Friday, March 2. It dived, as 62 investors sold TMUS shares while 161 reduced holdings. 121 funds opened positions while 584 raised stakes.
  • Adobe Systems (ADBE) EPS Estimated At $1.22; Chemung Financial Has 2.75 Sentiment

    In related news, Director Amy Banse acquired 1,125 shares of the company's stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 18th. It dived, as 42 investors sold ADBE shares while 327 reduced holdings. 34 funds opened positions while 66 raised stakes.
    Students injured when Monterey County teacher accidentally fires handgun in class

    Students injured when Monterey County teacher accidentally fires handgun in class

    Teachers in California are not allowed to carry firearms inside the class, even if they have a carry permit for concealed weapons. He says his department will do an administrative investigation of the incident once Seaside PD completes its investigation.
    Pocket of air found where man's brain should've been

    Pocket of air found where man's brain should've been

    He was given medication to prevent a secondary stroke and sent home with orders to monitor whether his left-side weakness worsened.
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Teaser Trailer Breakdown

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Teaser Trailer Breakdown

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald began principal photography past year and will open in theaters on November 16, 2018. Redmayne is joined by returning cast members Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler , Alison Suodl, and Zoe Kravitz .
    [Changelog] Windows 10 PC/Mobile Build 14393.2125 (KB4088787) available now for Anniversary update

    [Changelog] Windows 10 PC/Mobile Build 14393.2125 (KB4088787) available now for Anniversary update

    The company is also fixing another issue with Internet Explorer would stop working and legacy Document Mode cell is not visible. Addresses issue where Internet Explorer is unresponsive in certain scenarios when a Browser Helper Object is installed.
    National Geographic tackles its racist past

    National Geographic tackles its racist past

    In 2015, they handed the camera over to a Haitian photography to document the reality of the world through their lens. National Geographic magazine has admitted its past coverage of people around the world was racist.
  • Federer on fire in Indian Wells

    Federer on fire in Indian Wells

    At one point he won 17 straight points en route to taking a 6-2, 3-0 lead, winning 10 of the final 11 games in the match. On his highly-anticipated return to the tour after right elbow surgery, Djokovic looked a shadow of his former self.

    Lowe Brockenbrough & Company Lowered Microsoft Com (MSFT) Position; PLANDAI BIOTECHNOLOGY (PLPL

    Cantab Ltd Liability Partnership holds 0.47% of its portfolio in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT ) for 43,593 shares. Capital Research Global Investors boosted its holdings in Microsoft by 212.3% during the second quarter.
    Swiss star makes huge Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray claim

    Swiss star makes huge Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray claim

    Djokovic scrambled to win the second set, but looked rusty on stadium court, making 62 unforced errors compared to 29 for Daniel. Speaking to the media after the match, Djokovic said, "It felt like my first match on tour".