Can’t stop the filing! Robredo: PH must prove to ICC institutions are working after Duterte impeach rap fails
There’s an even more pressing need for the country to prove its democratic institutions are working in light of the possibility that a fresh complaint may be filed against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court, Vice President Leni Robredo said Tuesday (May 16).
In an ambush interview in Quezon City after a Brigada Eskwela stint, Robredo said no one can stop anyone from filing a case against Duterte before the ICC.
“Tingin ko hindi natin mahihinto kahit sino na gusto mag-avail ng mga prosesong available. Pero siyempre sa atin, bilang bansa, mas gusto natin na ni-reresolve natin iyong mga problema on our own,” she said.
“Isa naman tayong sovereign na bansa kaya mahalaga din na ipakita ng ating institusyon na hindi niya isinasantabi iyong mga reklamo ng sambayanan para hindi kinakailangan ng maghahanap ng recourse sa iba,” Robredo added.
The Vice President said the ideal situation would be for the country to prove that institutions work to address the complaints they face.
Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, who filed an impeachment complaint against Duterte, said he is considering going to the ICC after the House justice panel declared his case insufficient in substance.
Should Alejano push through with his plan, it will be the second information that will be filed before the ICC against Duterte. The first one was submitted by lawyer Jude Sabio, counsel of self-confessed Davao Death Squad member Edgar Matobato.