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Kawawa ang Pinoy: Group asks SC to stop PH’s withdrawal from ICC


Another group which included former Akbayan party-list representative Loretta Rosales has asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday (June 13) to stop the country’s withdrawal from the Rome Statute, the treaty which created the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court (PCICC) filed the petition before the SC as it argued that President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to withdraw from the Rome Statute should have done with the concurrence of Congress.

In its petition, the PCICC also asked the high tribunal to also order Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea through the Department of Foreign Affairs and the country’s Permanent Mission to the UN to recall the notice of withdrawal.

“The President’s unilateral edict withdrawing the membership of the Philippines in the ICC without benefit of parliamentary concurrence or approval as required under the 1987 Charter, denies Filipinos their right to redress in the event of state default from its obligations, in particular as these pertain to the commission of the most heinous international crimes against its own citizens,” read the petition.

The group said Duterte “violated the Constitutional system of check and balances in
treaty making under Article VII, Section 21 of the 1987 Constitution, which prescribes a shared duty towards that end between the Executive and Legislative branches of government.”

The petitioner reminded that “Philippine Senate Resolution No. 546 approved by the Senate to express its concurrence in the Rome Statute remains in force.”

“No act of the Executive may invalidate this legislative act,” it stressed.

“It may only be recalled, cancelled or voided by the Senate itself (unless this Honorable Court, on a petition to void it, declares it unconstitutional and illegal),” the group added.

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