Sabio drops ICC complaint vs. Pres. Duterte

Sabio drops ICC complaint vs. Pres. Duterte




Where could former senator Antonio Trillanes IV be?

His former ally embattled Atty. Jude Sabio yesterday just withdres the complaint he personally filed before the International Criminal Court (ICC) against President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on the alleged lapses in the country's ongoing relentless anti-illegal drug campaign.



One of the reasons cited is the alleged inability of his principals to settle fees due for his legal services, Sabio, in a 28-page pleading asked ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to strike out his name from the communications sent to the international body which is seeking an inquiry.

Atty. Jude Sabio and President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(photo credit to owner)


"I would be given a pittance when they needed me for the political propaganda, and then later I would be told that there was no more budget due to financial constraints. It was a pattern that was all too obvious to me, which made me so skeptical about their engagement of me for alias Bikoy," Sabio said in a letter.

Sabio and opposition senator had issues regarding the legal fees for the ICC, he also said that Trillanes also approached him to be the counsel for Peter Joemel "Bikoy" Advincula but feared he would not be sufficiently compensated for his legal services as well.



"For if push came to shove, and if our discussion came to the next level, I would have charged them so many millions of pesos that they would find it impossible to engage me as lawyer for alias Bikoy. Precisely, I did not want a repeat of what had happened to me," Sabio said in the document forwarded to journalists by Lorenzo Gadon.

Advincula had initially implicated the Presidential family  in the so called “Ang Totoong Narcolist videos” but has since retracted from his revelations and has since revealed that  it was the opposition who told him to make the revelations as against the family of the President.

"Madame Prosecutor, in light of all these and under the circumstances obtaining, I am left with no choice but to formally withdraw from your office the communication that I filed way back on 24 April 2017. I fervently request that it be expunged or erased from the record, and that it should not be used in any way in the ongoing preliminary examination. I also fervently request that the legal matter pending with your office in relation to the war on drugs in the Philippines should be set aside and thrashed for being just a part of the political propaganda of Senator Trillanes, Senator de Lima and their LP (Liberal Party)-led opposition of which I do not wish to be a part," he added.



Former Senator Trillanes said he was giving PHP50,000 to PHP100,000 to Atty. Sabio from late 2016 to June 2019 but insists the latter's engagement was pro bono.
Last February 2018, the ICC launched a preliminary examination to determine if it will continue with a formal investigation into the complaints against President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
The Philippines has since withdrew its membership from the ICC and has taken effect last March 2019.









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