ICC filing "purely politics" against PRRD says Sabio

ICC filing "purely politics" against PRRD says Sabio

Now it can be told that the filing of the communication by lawyer Jude Sabio before the International Criminal Court (ICC) as against President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for mass murder was done “purely part of politics.”

It was early this week that Sabio signed an affidavit saying he intends to withdraw the communication he filed in 2017 in the ICC, where he alleged a “continuing mass murder” in the Philippines.

In an interview with the ABS-CBN News Channel, Sabio denied he was paid to withdraw the ICC communication against President Duterte.

Atty. Jude Sabio, seen here with the filed communication before the ICC in the Hague, Netherlands last April, 2017
(photo credit to owner)

“The situation situated in my communication cannot proceed to investigation. Why? Because it is not in the interest of justice,” Sabio said.
He said the document was “nothing else but political propaganda” of Sen. Leila de Lima, former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and the Liberal Party-led opposition.
“Events have shown, especially in the 'Bikoy' scandal that… [they] are motivated else but political propaganda. In other words, they are not interested in justice,” Sabio said, referring to the Bikoy ‘Ang Totoong Narcolist” accusing President Duterte, his family, and other allies with links to the illegal drug trade.

When asked if the allegations which were filed in the ICC communication were true, Sabio responded : “I’m going back to what I said: the issue here is interest of justice.”
He later said that he “cannot say what is true in regards to the testimony” of Lascañas and Matobato.
“I’m not saying Matobato and Lascañas lied. I’m just saying that the case is not in the interest of justice.”

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