By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki
Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales might have lost in the humanity complaint she and former foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario filed against China and its President Xi Jinping, but she is not going down without a fight.
“Let them gloat in the meantime,” she said in a statement. “This is just the beginning. Abangan (Watch out).”
It was back in March 2019 when Morales and del Rosario filed the complaint before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
They complained against the reportedly disadvantageous poaching and fishing activities of China in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). However, their complaint was junked on Thursday by the ICC for lack of jurisdiction.
In a joint statement, both Morales and Del Rosario said that they will not back out of the complaint.
“The ICC Prosecutor did not dismiss our communication. The Prosecutor welcomes ‘new facts and evidence’ to proceed with the case and we are providing them. This has only strengthened our resolve.”