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Walang bawian! Palace: Gov’t won’t reconsider decision on PH withdrawal from ICC

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By Prince Golez

Palace spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Tuesday said the government will no longer reconsider its withdrawal from International Criminal Court (ICC).

This, after Assembly of States Parties president O-Gon Kwon said he hoped the country’s departure from the Rome Statute, the ICC’s founding treaty, was only temporary.

“Not during the watch of this President,” Panelo said in a media briefing.

“I don’t think so. Even other powerful countries shared the same sentiments that ICC has weaponized human rights in the fight against drugs. It has been politically persecuting heads of states,” according to him.

The chief legal counsel argued that the ICC cannot exercise its jurisdiction over the Philippines, saying the country has “robust,” “functional,” and “very effective” judicial system.

“We have shown to the world that three presidents have been subjected to the machineries provided by the Constitution relative to ousting them with respect to ceratin abuses they have committed. And we have demonstrated that,” Panelo concluded.

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