Duterte threatens to lob a grenade if haled to the International Criminal Court

Published July 15, 2020, 10:04 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

If he is forcibly placed on trial before an international court, President Duterte has threatened to lob a grenade so he and his critics will go to hell together.

President Rodrigo Duterte(Keith Bacongco / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Duterte(Keith Bacongco / MANILA BULLETIN)

The President has refused to cooperate with any court proceedings abroad over human rights issues, saying he is only answerable to a court in the Philippines.

“‘Yung mga leftist na Amerikano, ‘yun ang bumibira sa akin. Ipakulong ako. P**** i** mo. Kulungin mo ako? I am only answerable to a Philippine court. (The leftist Americans are attacking me. They want to bring me to jail. Son of a b****. Jail me? I am only answerable to a Philippine court),” he said in the unaired portion of his speech in Jolo, Sulu last Monday.

“Bakit ako magharap dito sa mga ulol na ito? Granadahin ko kayo buti pa. Bitawan ko kayo ng granada diyan. Sige sabay-sabay na tayo sa impiyerno. Buang. (Why should I face those fools? It would be better to throw a grenade at you. I’d lob a grenade so we can all go to hell. Fools),” he added.

Duterte also criticized the International Criminal Court which he claimed was not even connected with the United Nations.

“I am a Filipino tapos EU mag-create sila (and the European Union created it). Ang international court of justice is not an organ of the United Nations. ‘Yan ang ginawa ng EU, European community to deal with the problem sa Arabs ‘yung human rights. (The European community created it to deal with the problem of the Arabs, the human right concerns),” he said.

“Ngayon ang mga ulol expanded because napasukan sila ng left sa Congress of the United States. Hindi natin nabantayan ‘yun. (Now, these fools expanded because they were infiltrated by the left in the Congress of the United States. We weren’t able to monitor that).

The Philippines pulled out from the Rome Statute that created the ICC last year amid complaints about violations of due process, among others. The pullout came after the ICC launched a preliminary inquiry into alleged crimes against humanity related to Duterte’s drug war.

Duterte previously argued that not in a million years could the ICC acquire jurisdiction over him. He said the treaty could not be enforced in the country since it was not published in the Official Gazette.

Incidentally, the United States is also not a member of the ICC States of Parties.

 
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