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Former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said President Rodrigo Duterte was criminally liable for grave threats every time he threatened to snuff out drug lords and criminals.

“I’m very surprised when he always says: ‘Is it a crime to threaten to kill people?’ Of course, it’s a crime,” said Colmenares in an interview with Inquirer.net.

Colmenares, national chair of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), said his group would file a case against Duterte for crimes against humanity when his immunity from suit was lifted in 2022.

“The justice system in the Philippines is unable to provide legal remedies to victims of EJK and other human rights violations because as President Duterte claims, he is immune from suit,” Colmenares said.“That is why we will pursue more cases against him in the UN and other international mechanisms for now.”

Colmenares said Duterte would also be charged with civil cases for damages suffered by the thousands of extrajudicial killing victims under his drug war.

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