Duterte spokesman Harry Roque to ICC: don’t be a venue for political destabilization

NEW YORK CITY — Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque addressed the International Criminal Court in New York.

He urges the ICC not to be a venue for political destabilization.

Roque reiterated that the ICC is not the court of first recourse and challenged the body not to politicize cases that could be filed against the Philippines in connection with President Duterte’s war on drugs.

He also made it clear that the Philippines is not inclined to leave the ICC unless and until the court disregards the principle of complementarity.

“The international criminal court must honor the complementarity and must resist efforts by some political forces encouraging the court to exercise jurisdiction because of complementarity ICC cannot exercise jurisdiction over these cases, our courts will do so,” he said.

Roque even cited that the Philippine courts have already done so.

“The court issued one writ of Amparo in a Tokhang case that happened in Payatas and the Supreme Court en banc heard two other cases against operation Tokhang, the Philippine Supreme Court no less exercise jurisdictions on these complaints clearly principle of complementarity will bar ICC from exercising its own jurisdiction.”

Our North America bureau correspondent, Don Tagala, tells us more.


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