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Reality bites: Trillanes says ICC probe shows Duterte not above the law

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It’s a wake up call if not a reality check for the administration that President Duterte is not above the law, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday said following reports the International Criminal Court (ICC) has begun its preliminary examination on charges of crimes against humanity against the incumbent.

“This development should jolt Duterte into realizing that he is not above the law. More importantly, this is the first step for the victims’ families’ quest for justice,” the senator, a staunch critic of Duterte said in a text message to reporters.

The senator said he welcomed the ICC’s decision to conduct preliminary examination on Duterte’s alleged crimes against humanity.

Trillanes along Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano has filed a supplemental communication with the ICC in The Hague, in hope of having the international tribunal look into the alleged death squad of Duterte and his brutal drugs war.

Their complaint was in support of the communication filed by lawyer Jude Sabio against the President and his senior officials in relation to the administration’s nationwide crackdown on narcotics.

In their supplemental complaint, the lawmakers claimed the government has shown no interest in making Duterte accountable for his alleged extrajudicial killings and render justice in the country.