In his speech during the graduation of the cadets in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Alab Tala Class of 2018 in Baguio City, President Duterte said he encourages state parties’ withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC).
MANILA, Philippines — The International Criminal Court (ICC) responded last Friday and expressed concerns over the withdrawal of the Philippines from the Rome Statute.
In a statement, the President of the Assembly of State Parties O-Gon Kwon said the withdrawal of a state party from the agreement will have a negative effect on the collective effort to fight against impunity.
The Assembly of State Parties is the management oversight and legislative body of the ICC formed by the representatives of the country that ratified the Rome Statute.
O-Gon added, the ICC needs the support of the international community and encouraged the Philippines to remain a member of the Rome Statute.
O-Gon also urged the Philippine government to have a dialogue with the Assembly of State Parties on the issue.
He acknowledged the active participation of the Philippines since the country ratified the agreement last 2011 and last December 2017 and again reiterated the country’s support on the ICC.
“Too late the hero.” This was the response of the Malacañang regarding the issue.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that he already gave a warning in the meeting of the Assembly of State Parties last December 2017 that ICC prosecutors should not let themselves be used by politicians.
Despite criticisms, President Rodrigo Duterte has already decided to withdraw from the agreement of the International Criminal Court. Aside from this, he is also encouraging other state parties to also withdraw from the Rome Statute.
In his speech during the graduation of Alab Tala Class of 2018 at the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City on Sunday, he stated that the said agreement sponsored by the European Union (EU) has no sense and is disrespectful.
“Ang sinabi ko lang ‘withdraw’ simply because to announce to the world and I will convince everybody now who are under the treaty sa ICC — get out. Get out. Bastos iyan. It is not a document that was prepared by anybody, it’s an EU-sponsored. Itong mga ito pumunta sila Africa, pinagpapatay nila iyong mga Arabs, lahat na, dito yung massacre sa Marawi. It is really an atonement for their sins,” said the President.
(I said, “withdraw” simply because to announce to the world and I will convince everybody now who are under the treaty sa ICC— get out. Get out. They are disrespectful. It is not a document that was prepared by anybody. It’s EU-sponsored. These people went to Africa and killed the Arabs there; and in the Philippines, the massacre in Marawi. It is really an atonement for their sins.)
The Chief Executive again reiterated that the Rome Statute is not effective despite being ratified in the Senate of the Philippines last 2011, but was not publicized. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue