Former police chief turned Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, the chief architect of the former Duterte administration’s bloody war on drugs, praised Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla’s pronouncements against rejoining the International Criminal Court (ICC).
“I’d just like to thank the good Secretary of Justice for his very clear and bold stand against rejoining the ICC,” dela Rosa said to Remulla during the Senate Committee on Justice hearing on Wednesday (August 17).
“It may be self-serving on my part, Mr. Chair, being one of the accused to say this, but I can’t help but appreciate government officials with balls,” he added.
On August 1, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. his noninterest in rejoining the ICC, after a meeting with his legal team as to what his government’s posture should be in light of the reopening of the investigation into the drug war that claimed the lives of thousands of Filipinos.
This position was reiterated by Sec. Remulla, who defended in the same meeting Marcos’s decision.
Dela Rosa, as the police chief, is second to Duterte as accused of possible charges of crimes against humanity.
Former President Rodrigo Duterte has already said that he will not cooperate should the ICC insist on exercising its jurisdiction over him.
“He has made his position very clear: Now that he is no longer president, he no longer has immunity from suit,” former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in ANC’s Headstart.
“So magpapasalamat lang po ako. (I’d just like to thank you.) We really need people in the government that can stand against all odds,” dela Rosa said. “Again, Secretary Remulla, from the bottom of my heart I really appreciate what you said against rejoining the ICC.”
Earlier reports also quoted Remulla as saying that “we are within our rights not to join,” as other nations such as the United States, Russia, and China are not members of the ICC.
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