Russian Federation respects PH's decision to withdraw from ICC

Russian Federation respects PH's decision to withdraw from ICC

The Philippines’ independent foreign policy is working.

Last week President Rodrigo Roa Duterte  has decided to withdraw the country’s membership from the Rome Statute that establishes the International Criminal Court (ICC). The International Criminal Court (ICC) as alleged by the President has meddled itself in a purely internal matter and the Philippines withdrawal has been taken as ICC’s losing credibility and highlights its failure and gross bias against emerging countries in the world.

Duterte from the start of his administration has steered his foreign policy that can be taken simply as “ friend to everybody, enemy to no one”, and it seems we are having new unlikely allies in the international front.  *

Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev (photo credit to owner)
Russia through Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev said that the Russian Federation “respects” President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's decision to withdraw the country from the International Criminal Court.

"We fully understand his concern, we fully understand the reasons which became the basis for taking such a decision," he said during a press conference at his residence in the city of Makati.

Russia is not a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC), it signed the Rome Statute but it was never ratified by them due to the court's "highly politicized" activities and possibility that it may be used as an "instrument" to pressure its member states, the Ambassador Khovaev stressed.

In our assessment, the ICC is not a judicial board," he pointed out.

"All its activities are highly politicized and it's used as an instrument to put political pressure on selective governments, on selective countries so we cannot accept such an approach that's why my country decided to withdraw from their Rome Statute," he said.

The Russian ambassador says that Russia “understands” why Manila had to withdraw from the Rome Statute.

"I fully understand why your country took the same decision, but as I have just explained, it's up to the Philippine society to make comments, to make assessment of this step, of this decision, as for us, we deeply respect it."  *

Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN Teodoro Locsin Jr. handed over to Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, the Chef de Cabinet of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres a note verbale last March 15, 2018, which is the official serving of notice to the United Nations that the Philippines has decided to withdraw its membership from the Rome Statute.

 Report from PNA



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