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The administration could take the Philippines out of the International Criminal Court if it pushes through with an investigation on drug-related killings even before there is evidence that the government is unwilling or unable to exercise jurisdiction.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Tuesday (December 5) said the ICC cannot exercise jurisdiction “unless a specific act complained about has been acted upon by domestic institutions.”

“We agreed to be a member of the ICC because of the principle of complementarity,” said Roque, the only Filipino abogado allowed to practice at the ICC.

“To violate the principle of complementarity would be to violate the very basis of our consent to be bound by the Rome Statute and if this will happen, then there may be apossibility that the Philippines, like the three other African state, may withdraw from the Rome Statute of the ICC,” he added, referring to Burundi, South Africa and Gambia.

Roque mentioned the possibility of the Philippines withdrawing from the ICC ahead of his scheduled apeech at the Assembly of State Parties on December 7 in New York.

The Assembly of State Parties is ICC’s oversight and legislative body which is composed of countries that have ratified the Rome Statute, the treaty that created the tribunal.

There have been calls for the ICC to investigate Duterte’s bloody war on drugs.

Earlier this year, the abogado of self-confessed Davao Death Squad member Edgar Matobato, filed a complaint against Duterte before the ICC for crimes against humanity in connection with the drug-related killinga under his administration.