ICC to conduct prelim examination vs anti-drug war of the Duterte admin

admin   •   February 8, 2018   •   2910


MANILA, Philippines — The International Criminal Court (ICC) will start its collection and verification of information on the communication filed by the camp of self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato through his legal counsel Atty. Jude Sabio.

To be examined, in particular, is the crime against humanity because of the anti-drug war of the Duterte administration which resulted in the high drug-related killings.

This is confirmed by Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque but he reiterated that this will just be a preliminary examination to determine if there is a basis for the ICC to conduct a formal investigation on the allegations against President Rodrigo Duterte.

“We note that this is only a preliminary investigation. The office of the prosecutor is merely exercising his mandate to determine whether there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation,” said Roque.

The Philippine Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands where the ICC is based, will communicate to the court that the anti-drug war of the government is a sovereign act of the Philippines and the courts in the country have the capacity to investigate on complaints against the anti-drug war.

If required, Philippine authorities are ready to submit to ICC the information necessary about the anti-drug war.

Roque believes that the opposition is behind this to embarrass the chief executive.

“Obviously, there’s been concerted public relations initiative against the president probably to coincide with February,” said the presidential spokesperson.

Though Malacañang is confident that the process in ICC will not advance to the preliminary investigation, Roque said that President Duterte is ready to defend himself.

“We view, of course, this decision of prosecutor as a waste of the court’s time and resources. Again as a matter of consent, the president said if need be, he will argue his case personally before the International Criminal Court,” said Roque.

Meanwhile, Atty. Sabio and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV both welcome the report and look forward to the investigation on the war on drugs, to obtain justice and to have President Duterte arrested eventually.

However, Malacanang insisted that the ICC has no capacity to order the arrest of a chief executive.

Such was what happened to the case of Sudanese president, Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir because it requires state cooperation. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

 

Pompeo on ICC: U.S. won’t be threatened by ‘kangaroo court’

UNTV News   •   June 12, 2020

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday (June 11) that Washington would not allow Americans to be threatened by “a kangaroo court,” after President Donald Trump authorized sanctions against an International Criminal Court investigation into whether U.S. forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan.

Pompeo told a news conference sanctions could extend to family members of ICC officials to prevent them from visiting the United States.

“We cannot, we will not stand by as our people are threatened by a kangaroo court,” Pompeo said. (Reuters)

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Palace on VP Robredo’s anti-drug report: ‘Nothing new’

Marje Pelayo   •   January 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo criticized Vice President Leni Robredo’s revelations of what she claimed as her discovery during her short stint as the anti-drug czar.

In response to her press briefing Monday (January 6), the Palace said it was Robredo who failed as the co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), and not the Duterte Administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.

“Palagay ko ang failure ay ang pag-upo niya (I think the real failure is when she took the post),” Panelo said.

Robredo spent only 18 days in the ICAD before President Rodrigo Duterte dismissed her from the position due to a lack of trust.

As for the figures that the Vice President divulged before the press, the Palace official said they were wrong and all anti-drug law enforcement agencies could attest to that.

Panelo argued that in comparison to Robredo, the President has unlimited resources when it comes to the government’s war on drugs as compare to her who knows nothing about the campaign.

“I think she just wants to be relevant,” Panelo said.

“It’s a dud. Wala naman siyang sinabing bago na hindi tinututukan ng mga ahensya na involved sa laban droga (There was nothing new with what she said that anti-drugs agencies didn’t address. There’s nothing new in what she said),” Panelo concluded. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

VP Robredo no significant contribution to PH anti-drug war – PDEA Chief

Marje Pelayo   •   December 12, 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo has contributed nothing significant to the country’s anti-drug campaign, according to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Chief Aaron Aquino.

This, despite Robredo’s brief appointment as co-chair of the Interagency Committee on Anti-Drugs (ICAD).

“She did not in any way supervise our people down there in the fields,” Aquino said.

“So I guess wala namang nabago o wala namang dapat glaring issues na makikita natin na talagang bumababa ang krimen o bumababa ang accomplishments natin sa drugs,” he added.

Aquino believes that Robredo could have understood the state and the scope of the illegal drug menace in the country if she had met with the different clusters of ICAD before she proceeded to establishing international connections such as with the US Embassy and the United Nations officials.

Aquino said, the Vice President only met with the enforcement cluster during her stay in ICAD.

“Should she met the four clusters, mas magiging malaki ang kaniyang scope of knowledge kung ano ang drug situation ng Pilipinas, Aquino noted.

“And maybe after meeting the four clusters, sana kung mayroon man siyang ma-i-implement na program or strategy to strengthen the ICAD, sana nagawa,” the PDEA Director General said.

Robredo’s camp, meanwhile, advised her critics to wait for the release of her recommendations and her own report on the status of the drug situation in the country.

“She’ll deliver (her) report soon. I suggest we just wait for that,” her spokesman. Atty. Barry Gutierrez said.

President Rodrigo Duterte sacked Robredo as the anti-drug czar for her ‘missteps’ in handling her position. The PDEA together with the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) is now working on the creation of an official database of drug pushers and user in the country which is expected to be released in 2020. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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