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Opposition senators ask SC to stop PH withdrawal from ICC

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Opposition senators have asked the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to have the country withdraw from the Rome Statue, the treaty which created the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The petition was filed by Senator Francis Pangilinan, Franklin Drilon, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Leila De Lima, Risa Hontiveros and Antonio Trillanes IV.

In its petition, the Senators asked the SC to declare the country’s withdraw as “invalid or ineffective” and compel the Executive Department, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations, to cancel the withdrawal.

“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 the petition.

Citing Article VII, Section 21 of the Constitution, the senators said that adopting a treaty or international agreement “requires participation from Congress, i.e. through a concurrence of at least two-thirds of all the Members of the Senate.