Rody slams int’I court anew

Published December 6, 2018, 6:21 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Genalyn Kabiling

President Duterte has refused to recognize the International Criminal Court (ICC) which opened a probe on his deadly drug war, saying it was composed of “idiots.”

The President maintained that the ICC was a mere creation of the European Union and would never have jurisdiction to indict him.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte makes a phone call while delivering his speech during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ozamiz Airport Modernization Project in Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental on November 28, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

“Do not f*** me with the death of everybody there and keep on harping on that International Court of Justice. I do not recognize your ICC. It’s a creation of EU. We did not have a part in its creation, organization or constitution,” Duteret said during the awarding of outstanding Filipino individuals and groups overseas in Malacañang last Wednesday.

The ICC earlier opened a preliminary probe to establish whether it has jurisdiction and if crimes against humanity had been committed in the President’s deadly war on drugs.

Last March, Duterte pulled out the country’s membership from the ICC over violation of due process, constitutional presumption of innocence, among others.

He said the Rome Statute, ratified by the Senate in 2011, was not enforceable in the country since it was not published in the Official Gazette, a legal requirement before a law takes effect.

Duterte, who has brushed aside allegations of human rights abuses in his drug war, has dismissed the ICC as an “idiotic court.”