Duterte tags NY-based ‘Loida’ for gloating on his ICC investigation: I have tapes of their conversation
President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that he knew that the International Criminal Court’s (ICC’s) Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) would conduct a preliminary examination on his alleged crimes against humanity a few days before the formal announcement.
Duterte said he was sent a recording of a conversation among anti-Duterte forces about the impending start of investigation on the thousands of extrajudicial killings made under his war on drugs.
“I have this transmittal. I cannot reveal it but I can tell you now. Three days after, they were discussing. I had already… I was already listening to the tapes of their conversation. It was provided by me by another country but the conversation was in Philippines and New York,” said Duterte in a speech Friday night.
“Loida Reyes was one of them. And there was this, ‘See you in the headquarters when the case is filed’. Blah blah blah blah blah blah.I knew in advance that they were [inaudible] it,” he added.
The President could have been mistaken the last name as he was most likely referring to billionaire philanthropist Loida Nicolas-Lewis who, along with her sister, former Commission on Filipino Overseas chairwoman Imelda “Mely” Nicolas, has actively pushed for the ouster of Duterte through the New York-based Global Filipino Diaspora Council (GFDC).
“Here I am. I’m fighting a serious problem and this lady…,” said Duterte.
But Duterte said he was unfazed by the ICC probe.
“Problem is this case, from the looks of it, it’s all politics. And well, later remind me if I — I will tell you why they cannot… Well, I’ll tell you now. You know, America is not a member of the ICC. Why? Because if America signed that particular document as a member state of the ICC, the first to go to jail would have been (President George W.) Bush,” he said.
“Why? The Americans invaded Iraq because it was bruited about that there were weapons of mass destruction. Only to realize that there was none and to admit before the whole world that there was no weapons of mass destruction,” he added.