Panelo was misinformed on ICC jurisdiction- Morales

Panelo was misinformed on ICC jurisdiction- Morales

Former Ombudsman Maria Conchita Carpio-Morales slams Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo.
This stems up from Panelo’s statement saying the submission of Morales and former Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Del Rosario asking the International criminal Court to conduct a preliminary examination regarding China’s massive island-building activities in the South China Sea as “futile exercise.”

Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales (photo credit to Philstar)

In Ms. Karen Davilla’s show ANC’s Headstart Morales was asked if she agrees with the position presented by the Duterte administration, she responded very quickly – NO.

The former Ombudsman points to the fact that the crime was committed inside the Philippine territory and was still member of the Rome statute that established the ICC.

"Whether or not the pepetrator, subject of our communication belongs to a country which is a member of the Rome Statute is immaterial because what's material is that person committed a crime within the territory of the Philippines, which is a member of the Rome Statute," Morales said.

Under Section 12 2(a) of the Rome Statute, the ICC may exercise jurisdiction if the "State on the territory of which the conduct in question occurred or, if the crime was committed on board a vessel or aircraft, the State of registration of that vessel of aircraft."
In the communication submitted to the ICC ,former DFA Del Rosario and former Ombudsman Morales argued that it has jurisdiction over the "atrociously inhumane actions" of Chinese officials in the South China Sea, which is within Philippine territory.

The complaint was submitted days before the Philippines’ withdrawal from the ICC took effect on March 17.

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