Duterte to ICC: Drug war will not stop!

Duterte to ICC: Drug war will not stop!

President is unfazed by the filed case in the International Criminal Court.

In a public speech in Cebu, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte continued his tirades against the International Criminal Court ( ICC ), and made a reiteration that despite a communication filed against him at the international tribunal his flagship program- the war on illegal drugs will not be stopped.

Filipino lawyer Jude Sabio last April of 2017 accused Duterte and other government officials committing crimes against humanity due to the war on illegal drugs, it was because of the ICC’s preliminary examination was triggered.  *

Pres. Duterte (photo credit to owner)

“The war on drugs will not stop and will last until the day I step down. If I go to prison, I will go to prison. If you want to execute me, look for a country that allows the execution of prisoner by firing squad.”

Senior government officials downplays the ICC’s preliminary examination, saying the tribunal will ultimately decide that it has no jurisdiction on the charges filed before them.

The Office of the Solicitor General in a statement before said that ICC has no jurisdiction over the drug war of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration, as it "may only exercise jurisdiction where domestic courts are incapable of carrying out the proper proceedings."

“Good luck! Colombia has been under preliminary examination for 13 years, 13 years.”

This was the statement of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, noting that the administration is not bothered by the proceedings filed against the President as they claim it will not prosper beyond the preliminary examination, noting the time it takes for an information against the accused to progress in the ICC.

Roque also gave the assurance to complainant Atty. Jude Sabio, over his safety and well being after filing a communication in the ICC against the President.

"We don't put much importance to the complaint. We have no ill will against him," he said.  *

"Let's make sure that if there's a threat and [if there is] he should report it to the police. If there's a threat, go file a Writ of Amparo. That's the remedy," he added.

Report from ABS-CBN

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