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Tama o mali? SC prodded to rule on petitions vs. ICC withdrawal

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Before the Philippines finally exits from the International Criminal Court (ICC) this March 17, the Supreme Court (SC) was asked on Friday (March 15) to ask the government not to proceed from its withdrawal.

The Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court (PCICC) filed a motion asking the SC to “resolve these consolidated petitions before 17 March 2019.”

The PICC lamented the withdrawal from the ICC “would mean Filipinos would be deprived of effective remedies provided for under international law and constitutional law in the event that there is inaction by Philippine law enforcement authorities to investigate or prosecute impunity committed in the Philippines.”

Also it warned the SC that “those who kill with impunity will only be further emboldened.”

PCICC led by former Commission on Human Right (CHR) chair Loretta Rosales is one of the petitioners who filed the petition seeking to stop the country’s withdrawal from the Rome Statute, the treaty which created the ICC.

The other petitioners also include Senators De Lima, Senators Francis Pangilinan, Franklin Drilon, Paolo Benigno Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, and Antonio Trillanes IV.

President Rodrigo Duterte announced in March last year the government’s withdrawal from the ICC after a case was filed against him over the extrajudicial killings and human rights violations which have taken place in the country due to the his administration’s swar against illegal drugs.

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