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SC resests ICC oral arguments to August 28, De Lima plea to join still undecided

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Since opposition lawmakers still insist on the participation of detained Senator Leila De Lima, the Supreme Court (SC) has decided to postpone August 14 oral arguments over their petition which sought to invalidate the country’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“Oral arguments (in ‘Pangilinan, et al. v. Cayetano, et al./PCICC, et al. v. ES, et al.’) will be reset to August 28,” read the SC’s post on its Twitter account on Monday (August 13).

“Full resolution will come out after the en banc deliberations tomorrow,” added the high tribunal as it referred to the appeal of opposition senators to allow De Lima to participate in the oral argments.

Senators De Lima, Senators Francis Pangilinan, Franklin Drilon, Paolo Benigno Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, and Antonio Trillanes IV earlier filed a petition asking the SC to stop President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to have the country withdraw from the ICC.

“As a treaty validly entered into by the Philippines, the Rome Statute has the same status as an enactment of Congress. In other words, the Rome Statute is a law in the Philippines. As a law, the withdrawal from the Rome Statute requires the participation of Congress,” read their petition.

Since De Lima is detained at the Custodial Center of the Philippine National Police (PNP) allegedly from trumped up drug charges, the lawmakers asked the SC to allow her to argue.

After the SC denied their appeal to let De Lima join the oral arguments, the senators filed an appeal insisting that she be allowed to argue.