ICC cannot arrest Duterte - Malacanang

ICC cannot arrest Duterte - Malacanang

The opposition is like wishing for the stars if they think President Rodrigo Roa Duterte can be arrested by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Malacanang has already stated that the International Criminal Court has no authority whatsoever to arrest President Duterte on the perceived or alleged commission of crimes against humanity for the deaths of thousands allegedly linked to the government’s policy on the war on illegal drugs.

Presidential Legal Counsel and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo's statement was in response to the query regarding the statement of leftist and former Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares that President Duterte may soon face possible arrest, once the ICC is done with its preliminary examination of the war on illegal drugs in the Philippines.

President Duterte and the ICC
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Cplmenares also said Duterte will struggle in his last two years in office,  "if a warrant is issued for his arrest worldwide."

Panelo for his part said that the ICC, will never have jurisdiction over the Philippines.

"Unang-una, wish lang ni (former) Congressman Colmenares yun.Eh siguro 'yun ang kanyang fervent wish. Hindi mangyayari 'yun (First and foremost, that's just a wish of former Congressman Colmenares. That's just his fervent wish. That will never happen)," Panelo.

"Pangalawa, wala ng jurisdiction ang ICC so ineffective na mag-issue pa sila ng warrant. Now, paano nila ie-enforce (Second, the ICC has no jurisdiction so it is ineffective for them to issue a warrant. How can they enforce that)?" he added.

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