The Hague to Investigate Duterte's War on Drugs

Viernes, 09 Feb, 2018

The report was filed at the ICC by Filipino lawyer Jude Josue Sabio who represents two men who claim they worked as assassins for Duterte in Davao.

The country's drug war gains global attention as the International Criminal Court (ICC) will begin a preliminary examination to determine if an investigation is needed.

He said 1,400 individuals were killed by the so-called Davao Death Squad under the leadership of then Mayor Duterte, and 7,000 individuals were killed in the government's war on drugs since Duterte took office. Anyway, the President has said that he is not afraid of any investigation since he has nothing to hide anyway. "He's sick and tried of being accused", Roque said.

"President Duterte has not only resisted calls to end his brutal 'drug war, ' but has used populist rhetoric to disparage the brave activists who have been investigating and denouncing his cruel campaign", said Phelim Kine, HRW deputy Asia director.

Regarding the probe on Venezuela, Bensouda said some protesters had also resorted to violence that left members of the security forces dead or injured.

Duterte is facing a criminal complaint before the ICC in The Hague, Netherlands for allegedly commiting crimes against humanity and mass murder, in connection with his bloody crackdown on the illegal drugs trade. The Office is also conducting preliminary examinations relating to the situations in Colombia; the Gabonese Republic; Guinea; Iraq/UK; Palestine; Nigeria; and Ukraine. "The President has said that if need be, he will argue his case personally before the ICC", he said. "I'd be happy to slaughter them", he said.

His tirades against the court are notorious, and include calling it "bullshit", "hypocritical" and "useless".

The European Commission, in forecasts released Wednesday, expects the Greek economy to grow by 2.5 percent in 2018 and in 2019.

"Roque said that alleged extrajudicial killings "will not prove anything" because of the lawful sovereign act to deal with the problem of illegal drugs".

Human Rights Watch estimated this month that more than 12,000 people have been killed by police and plain clothed gunmen since the anti-drug campaign began in June 2016. Unfortunately, the Philippines authorities have shown themselves both unwilling and unable to bring the perpetrators to justice, and the real hope for victims now lies with the ICC.

Waves of protests broke out last year over the country's economic collapse, and what the opposition says is the deterioration of democracy and the violent suppression of peaceful protesters at the hands of security forces.

"It is not a complaint, it is a communication because there are no charges yet, so it emanated from the communication filed by individuals alleging crimes against humanity in the Philippines", Roque said.

The prosecutor will determine if the ICC has jurisdiction over the drug war. There is no room for politics in that process.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC conducts independent and impartial preliminary examinations, investigations and prosecutions of the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

"There is a reason that the Philippines attracts only a 4 percent share of the foreign direct investment into Asean", said Eduardo Araral, a political economist at Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy who's advising Duterte's party on the proposal.