ICC complaint against PRRD should be dismissed - Roque

ICC complaint against PRRD should be dismissed - Roque




Last week’s conviction of the three cops over the death of the 17 year old Kian Lloyd delos Santos proves that democracy and rule of law is very much alive in the country.
Such conviction has the effect of making the complaint against President Rodrigo Roa Duterte filed before the International Criminal Court (ICC) as moot or disapproved by the Caloocan City regional trial court’s verdict, finding the three cops guilty of the murder of Kian delos Santos.
Former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (photo credit to CNNPhils)

The Hague, Netherlands-based ICC was established as “a court of last resort” in extreme cases wherein national courts have become totally ineffective in providing justice to victims, former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.
"In this case, Judge Rodolfo Azucena Jr. has clearly demonstrated to all and sundry that our courts are more than able and more than willing to take strong legal action against criminals,” Roque said.
Harry Roque is the only Filipinolawyer allowed to practice law as a defense counsel in the ICC, the conviction of the three policemen is a proof that the Philippine judicial system is working, and not needing intervention from the International Criminal Court under the Rome Statute.
“There’s absolutely no need for the ICC to waste time and resources on the complaint against Mr. Duterte,” Atty. Harry Roque said.
The complaint filed against President Duterte was for crimes against humanity for deaths that have occurred as a result of the Philippine government’s declaration of relentless war on illegal drugs.
Duterte announced that he will not pardon the officers convicted of killing delos Santos in a purported drug operation.
"Of course not. Maybe one million years from now," Duterte said, when asked by mediamen if a pardon would be extended to those three convicted of murder of the minor from Caloocan city.
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