Untouchable! Calida: ICC can’t investigate Duterte
Solicitor General Jose Calida reminded the International Criminal Court (ICC) that President Rodrigo Duterte is immune from suit.
“The constitution is higher than any treaty,” he stressed on Tuesday (February 13).
“Under our constitution, and jurisprudence, the president is immune from suit,” he argued.
The Solicitor General also questioned the Commission on Human Right’s (CHR) authority to volunteer to conduct the probe on behalf of the ICC.
“Is the CHR a different branch of the government? As far as I know there are only three: executive, legislative and judiciary,” he stated.
The ICC will be conducting the preliminary examination based on the complaint filed in April last year by lawyer Jude Sabio, the legal counsel of confessed hitman Edgar Matobato.
Matotabato has claimed being a member of the Davao Death Squad which he said is headed by Duterte who has given numerous orders to carry out killings.
In his complaint, Sabio said Duterte and 11 other government officials should be held liable for thousands of deaths concerning the administration’s ongoing war against drugs.