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Palace welcomes ICC ruling on complaint vs Xi Jinping

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang has welcomed the International Criminal Court’s dismissal of the communication filed by former Foreign Affairs secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales against Chinese President Xi Jinping for lack of jurisdiction.

In March 2019, Del Rosario and Caprio filed a communication before the ICC against Xi and other Chinese officials over alleged crimes against humanity in the South China Sea.

In statement Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo emphasized that the filing of a complaint against Xi before the ICC was a “futile exercise,” saying the judicial body has no jurisdiction over China.

“This dismissal is consistent with our previous stand that the filing of the complaint is a futile exercise, for the reason that the ICC has no jurisdiction over China, it being not a state member. Neither does it have jurisdiction over the Philippines, given that the Rome Statute failed to comply with the publication requirement in accordance with due process under our Constitution,” he noted.

Panelo also said the Duterte administration to peacefully negotiate a diplomatic solution to the South China Sea conflict.

“In resolving the conflict of the South China Sea, the President has chosen an effective mode accepted under International Law of directly engaging the People’s Republic of China in bilateral negotiations to resolve the dispute in a peaceful, expedient and efficacious manner,” according to him.

“In contrast, the Morales-Del Rosario tandem resorted to an ineffective process, evidently for its propaganda value. Apparently wanting to still milk the issue for media mileage to advance their pretended nationalism, they are still bent in pursuing their wrong tact despite the rejection of their complaint,” he concluded.

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