By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte said the International Criminal Court (ICC) cannot prosecute him in relation to the administration’s war on drugs “ for a thousand years.”
Duterte issued the statement during the celebration of the 156th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio at the Bonifacio Monument Circle in Caloocan City on Saturday.
“You know, we have repudiated the International Criminal Court. And I said you cannot prosecute me for a thousand years,” according to the President.
“Lumabas tayo through me, I admit. Hindi nila ako maku… Mas bright ako sa kanila. Pinapakinggan ko ‘yung mga abogado noon. Nagpa-parade pa pati left. Extrajudicial, extrajudicial, he added.
Duterte denied the occurrence of extrajudicial killings linked to his ongoing drug war.
“Pero ang problema, ‘yung kayong mga abogado, wala man kayong makitang extrajudicial killing. There’s no such a crime as extrajudicial killing. They will individually count the dead and charge it to you. O ‘di sige tingnan natin,” the chief executive said.
In March 2018, Duterte announced the withdrawal of the Philippines from the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the ICC, citing the “baseless, unprecedented and outrageous” attacks against him and his administration.