Hontiveros to Duterte: There is no hiding from ICC

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“There is no hiding from truth, justice and accountability. There is no hiding from the ICC, Mr. President,” Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros said in a statement after President Rodrigo Duterte announced Philippines’ withdrawal as a State Party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Hontiveros said President Duterte’s pronouncement “may have damned him more as he may have unwittingly displayed his guilt over the crimes he stands accused of.”

“May I remind President Duterte that even if he declared the country’s withdrawal from the treaty, it will not discharge our country of its obligations while it was still a party to the said agreement. In fact, it will not affect our country’s cooperation with the ICC conducting criminal investigations which were initiated before the said withdrawal,” she added.

She added that President Duterte’s so-called declaration of the Philippines’ withdrawal from the Rome Statute has no effect whatsoever on the ICC’s criminal examination of the complaint filed against him.

“If the President believes that he is innocent of the charges lodged against him, if the countless extrajudicial killings under his bloody drug war are just the product of our imagination, and if his government’s war against drugs is not abusive and corrupt, he has nothing to fear from the ICC. On the contrary, he should see the ICC process as an opportunity to clear his name and rehabilitate his reputation before the international community,” Senator Hontiveros said.

On March 14, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed that President Duterte has directed the Executive Secretary to give notice that Philippines is withdrawing as a State Party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Source: http://senate.gov.ph/press_release/2018/0315_hontiveros1.asp; https://pcoo.gov.ph/news_releases/from-the-presidential-spokesperson-6/