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Del Rosario, Morales still pursuing ICC complaint vs China
Sofia Tomacruz December 06, 2019 - with Video

Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales vow to submit new 'facts and evidence' for their case accusing China of crimes against humanity in the South China Sea

The Video: Albert Del Rosario, Carpio Morales to pursue ICC communication vs China's Xi
Dec 5, 2019 ABS-CBN News

'Hang me': Duterte vows to never answer Int'l Criminal Court
Sofia Tomacruz December 21, 2019

As the possibility of trial at the International Criminal Court draws nearer, President Duterte insists only Filipinos can judge him for crimes linked to the drug war

Int'l Criminal Court: Probe of drug war continues even with Sabio 'withdrawal'
Lian Buan January 14, 2020
The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) says a withdrawal of communication is not even allowed under the Rome Statute

Int'l Criminal Court's next step in Duterte drug war to come in 2020
Lian Buan December 05, 2019
ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is coming closer to determining whether she will seek authority to open an investigation, a phase where the Court can issue arrest orders

U.N. rights office presents PH situation report to Human Rights Council
June 30, 2020 - with Video
Watch Michelle Bachelet of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights presents the comprehensive report.
The report, which was publicly released on June 4, detailed human rights violations in the Philippines that stemmed from President Rodrigo Duterte's overarching focus on countering real and inflated national security threats.

U.N. Human Rights report on killings, abuses in PH - with Video
The report by the United Nations says the Duterte goverment's 'heavy-handed' focus on national security threats has led to serious human rights abuses

To avoid ICC, Duterte admin forms panel to probe deaths in police operations
Lian Buan June 30, 2020
Justice Secretary Guevarra however tells the UN Human Rights Council the panel will engage the Commission on Human Rights as an independent monitoring body

The Video: UN report details attacks on gov't critics, media in PH
A United Nations report revealed serious human rights abuses in the Philippines can be blamed on the government's "heavy handed" approach against illegal drugs, and the national security threats.

Duterte's focus on 'real and inflated' security threats leads to serious rights violations – U.N. report
The United Nations Human Rights Office says human rights violations in the Philippines have been 'reinforced by harmful rhetoric from high-level officials,' some rising 'to the level of incitement to violence'

Abuses, killings in PH possibly incited by Duterte's violent rhetoric – U.N. report
Widespread killings and abuses 'suggest that [Duterte]'s public comments may have incited violence and may have had the effect of encouraging, backing, or even ordering human rights violations with impunity'

U.N. report: PH local system not enough to exact accountability for killings
This is noteworthy because to open a formal investigation, where summonses and arrest orders can be issued, the ICC must establish that the Philippines is unable or unwilling to investigate on its own

U.N. experts renew call for urgent probe into Philippines' human rights abuses
June 26, 2020

The experts also call on the International Criminal Court to 'expedite and prioritize the completion of its preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines'
In addition, the experts, in a joint statement, urged the Human Rights Council to strengthen the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights' (OHCHR) mandate to continue its monitoring and reporting on the human rights violations in the Philippines and to "call on the ICC to expedite and prioritize the completion of its preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines.

The Video: UN experts urge member states to sanction PH officials who committed rights abuses
Jun 26, 2020 INQUIRER.net
United Nations (UN) human rights experts have called on the international body’s member states to impose sanctions against Philippine officials who have “committed, incited, or failed to prevent human rights abuses” in the country.

'Killings continue': Rights group urge ICC to open investigation of drug war
Lian Buan October 04, 2019

The group also urges the ICC prosecutor to 'cooperate' with the United Nations Human Rights Council which is conducting its own inquiry into the drug war killings in the Philippines
Human rights group Rise Up for Life and Rights on Thursday, October 3, submitted a supplemental communication to the International Criminal Court (ICC) urging its prosecutor to start an investigation into the high number of drug war killings in the Philippines.

It's final
Philippines leaves International Criminal Court
by Agence France-Presse March 17, 2019

The Philippines' withdrawal from the International Criminal Court takes effect Sunday, March 17.

The Video: ICC confirms receiving second communication vs Duterte's drug war
ABS-CBN News Apr 4, 2019
International Criminal Court confirms it has received another communication against President Duterte's drug war. Mike Navallo gives more details

Justice by foreign intervention
Vergel O. Santos March 30, 2019
Duterte is not completely out of reach by the law, and it will be ironic if it's yet the especially long arm of the International Criminal Court from the Hague, in the Netherlands, that gets him

Int’l Criminal Court vows probe despite PH withdrawal
by Paterno Esmaquel II UPDATED March 20, 2019 - with Video
'My Office's independent and impartial preliminary examination into the situation in the Philippines continues,' says International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

Duterte's withdrawal from ICC an 'act of desperation' – Human Rights Watch
by Jodesz Gavilan March 19, 2019
'President Rodrigo Duterte's bald-faced effort to protect himself from the court’s reach looks more like an act of desperation for a man who appears deeply implicated in alleged crimes against humanity,' HRW's Param-Preet Singh says

ICC investigators to be denied entry, deported if they visit PH to probe drug war
by Pia Ranada March 18, 2019
Any attempt to gather more information about the Duterte administration's campaign against illegal drugs will be taken by Malacañang as interference with Philippine sovereignty

Duterte slammed after Int'l Criminal Court withdrawal
March 17, 2019
'You can withdraw but you cannot hide,'
opposition senatorial bet Gary Alejano warns President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte throws out decade-long fight for the International Criminal Court
By Lian Buan and Jodesz Gavilan March 13, 2019

It took 11 years under 3 presidents for the Philippines to finally become a member of the International Criminal Court. That ends under President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

ICC exit removes protection for Filipinos-iDEFEND
17 March 2019

Withdrawal will make ICC investigation of Philippines difficult – expert
by Lian Buan March 14, 2019

‘The ICC depends on state cooperation for matters of arrest and surrender – and this has definitely been a problem,’ says international lawyer Priya Pillai

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The Video: International Criminal Court: Prosecuting Modern Hitlers
Feb 20, 2018
The International Criminal Court (ICC)’s Office of the Prosecutor is starting a preliminary examination into the high number of killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s violent war on drugs. It is the first step in a process that could take many years.

PH lawyers are amused with Duterte’s ICC arguments
by Lian Buan March 15, 2018
'This would get a failing mark in any criminal law, remedial law, or public international law class,' says an international law professor.

The process of the International Criminal Court
February 20, 2018
The International Criminal Court aims to help end impunity by perpetrators of the most serious offenses such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and crimes of aggression.

Duterte threatens PH withdrawal from ICC
by Pia Ranada November 17, 2016
'The International Criminal Court is useless,' says the Philippine leader, who has been called out by the ICC for possible human rights violations in his anti-drugs campaign.

Chief state counsel: ICC has no jurisdiction on EJKs in Philippines
by Katerina Francisco November 16, 2016
Chief state counsel Ricardo Paras says the International Criminal Court cannot exercise jurisdiction over extrajudicial killing cases as long as Philippine courts are open.

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Lawyer Arpee Santiago on importance of Int'l Criminal Court
January 06, 2019

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with human rights lawyer Arpee Santiago, as the International Criminal Court's Office of the Prosecutor conducts a preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines


Prosecuting extrajudicial killings in the Philippines
December 06, 2018

The Department of Justice has only investigated at least 76 cases of killings related to the war on drugs.
There have been 5,000 deaths in police anti-drug operations in the Philippines, 20,000 if you count those killed by vigilantes according to human rights groups, yet the Department of Justice (DOJ) has only investigated at least 76.


Lawyer fears persecution vs rights advocates after Manila leaves ICC
ABS-CBN News Mar 9, 2019
The Philippine government may persecute rights defenders when its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court takes effect a week from now, a lawyer who filed a communications against President Rodrigo Duterte at the tribunal said Sunday.

Chito Gascon on PH outside International Criminal Court
February 06, 2019 - with Video
CHR Chairperson Chito Gascon sits down with Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug on Wednesday, February 6, to discuss what the future holds for the Philippines as a non-member of the International Criminal Court.
The Philippines may be out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) after the withdrawal initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte takes effect on March 15.

ICC Prosecutor: We will continue to examine PH war on drugs
by Lian Buan December 06, 2018
Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will carry on with her preliminary examinations despite President Duterte’s withdrawal of the Philippines from the ICC

Duterte: PH to withdraw from International Criminal Court 'immediately'
by Pia Ranada March 14, 2018

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte says he will ignore the one-year period for the effectivity of the withdrawal, claiming the Philippines was deceived when it signed the Rome Statute.
Look the FULL TEXT: Duterte's statement on Int'l Criminal Court withdrawal

PH out of ICC soon: Eyes on the Supreme Court to intervene
by Lian Buan March 11, 2019
‘What are at stake here are available remedies for citizens where domestic judicial and law enforcement authorities, by sheer inaction, become unable or unwilling to prosecute impunity,’ says Romel Bagares of PH Coalition for the ICC

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CHR's Roberto Cadiz on PH's withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court
April 05 and 09, 2018
Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz on the possible impact of the withdrawal from the ICC on their work and the fight to end the culture of impunity in the country
Risky to bring PH withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court to SC due to 'political atmosphere'

Forum on the Philippines’ withdrawal from the International Criminal Court
March 20, 2018
Invited guests include Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, Commission on Human Rights Commissioner Roberto Cadiz, and Professor Antonio La Viña

Panelo grilled on withdrawal from International Criminal Court
Lawyer Emerlynne Gil, senior international legal adviser of the International Commission of Jurists, grills Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on the Philippines' withdrawal from the International Criminal Court

The Philippines in the ICC
Aug 4, 2015
Rappler talked to Raul Pangalangan on what it means to have a Filipino judge in the ICC and the challenges the international tribunal is currently facing.

Duterte wrongly claims ICC judges are all 'white'
by Pia Ranada November 16, 2018
But there are African and Asian judges, including a Filipino, in the International Criminal Court

'They want to send me to prison': Duterte blasts ICC, EU anew
Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News Sep 22 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday slammed the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the European Union (EU) anew in a speech in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

PH senators return to SC to fight for ICC membership
by Lian Buan September 04, 2018 - with Video
During oral arguments, former Akbayan representative Barry Gutierrez will present on behalf of the senators. 13 years ago, former senator Pimentel asked the SC to compel the Palace to have the Senate ratify the Rome Statute.

What the ICC pullout case means for Duterte and the Supreme Court
by Lian Buan August 29, 2018
Associate Justice Marvic Leonen warns against the possibility of the High Court turning into a judicial dictator

Carpio: Duterte cannot withdraw from ICC by himself
by Lian Buan August 28, 2018
3RD UPDATE The senior justice again clashes with Duterte on a crucial policy. This will factor in on the talks of whether or not Carpio can be appointed Chief Justice after De Castro retires.

Supreme Court holds oral arguments on ICC withdrawal
by Lian Buan August 28, 2018 - With Video
UPDATED During the SC oral arguments, watch out for references to the war on drugs, whether coming from Malacañang's side or the justices

Duterte faces new complaint before Int'l Criminal Court
by Jodesz Gavilan August 28, 2018
Families of drug war victims tell the International Criminal Court that President Rodrigo Duterte must be 'held to account for crimes against humanity'

Playing the cards right? Politics of ICC oral arguments
by Lian Buan August 14, 2018
Is it a good idea to bring the issue to the Court? And what added value will Leila de Lima’s personal participation bring?

International Criminal Court should ‘give comfort’ to Duterte
by Alex Evangelista July 31, 2018
Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court lead counsel Romel Bagares says that the preliminary examination gives the government a chance to prove its competence to the ICC

Will Philippines rejoin the International Criminal Court?
by Marites Dañguilan Vitug July 31, 2018
The decision rests with the Supreme Court. So far, the Philippines and Burundi are outliers on International Criminal Court departure.

Bring withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court to SC? Risky due to 'political atmosphere'
by Jodesz Gavilan April 09, 2018 - with Video
'For human rights advocates and for those who believe that we should be a member of the International Criminal Court, there is a certain risk in bringing it to the SC given the political atmosphere where it is operating now,” CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz says

Panelo grilled on withdrawal from International Criminal Court
by Paterno Esmaquel II March 20, 2018 - with Video
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Panelo claims President Duterte 'doesn't have to consult' anyone about this because he 'is the chief architect of foreign policy'.

PH transmits to UN notice of withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court
by Pia Ranada March 16, 2018 - with Video
UPDATED 'The decision to withdraw is the Philippines’ principled stand against those who politicize and weaponize human rights,' reads the formal notice

Duterte's plan to withdraw from Int'l Criminal Court 'anti-people'
by Jodesz Gavilan March 15, 2018 - with Video
The Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court (PCICC) says the withdrawal would expose Filipinos to lack of justice in the event of 'atrocious crimes

CHR: Withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court can be seen as 'encouraging impunity'
by Jodesz Gavilan March 14, 2018
Human Rights Watch and Karapatan also slam President Rodrigo Duterte's move, saying that his administration must be held accountable for 'all rights violations

What the Rome Statute says about withdrawing from the Int'l Criminal Court
by Jodesz Gavilan March 14, 2018
Any investigation or criminal proceedings that started before the withdrawal takes effect will still continue, Article 127 of the Rome Statute explicitly says.

Ano ang Rome Statute ng International Criminal Court?
March 14, 2018
Dinidinig ng International Criminal Court ang mga kaso gaya ng genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, at crimes of aggression.

EXPLAINER: What is the value of Belgium tribunal’s guilty verdict on Duterte?
by Lian Buan September 20, 2018

The lead prosecutor of the Belgium tribunal that found Duterte guilty is a colorful character – Ramsey Clark, former US president Lyndon Johnson's attorney general


Lawyer Ruben Carranza on holding Duterte accountable in ICC
September 07, 2018

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with international human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) to talk about the prospects of the possible case before the ICC and how the Duterte administration can be held accountable for the thousands of deaths in its anti-illegal drug campaign.

The article HERE


Lawyer Romel Bagares on PH withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court
July 30, 2018

On Monday, July 30, Rappler's Marites Vitug talks to Romel Bagares of the Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court on the repercussions of withdrawing from the ICC and how it can be opposed.

The article HERE

Duterte threatens to arrest ICC prosecutor if she goes to PH
by Pia Ranada April 13, 2018

'Kaya ikaw, Ms Fatou, huwag kang pumunta dito kasi I will bar you,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, addressing International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

Duterte can order arrest of Int'l Criminal Court investigators
by Camille Elemia April 15, 2018
'Kapag ang mga ito ay gagawa lang ng hindi mabuti, dine-destabilize ang bayan natin,' says Senator Richard Gordon, a staunch ally of President Rodrigo Duterte.


Gary Alejano on holding the Duterte administration accountable
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has taken the first step into probing the thousands killed under President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
On Thursday, February 22, 2018 Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug spoke to Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, who submitted one of these reports to the ICC, on what this means to his continuing fight in holding the Duterte administration accountable.
Look also the article HERE
Complaint vs Duterte filed before Int'l Criminal Court
by Paterno Esmaquel II Updated April 24, 2017

5th UPDATE Filipino lawyer Jude Sabio filed a complaint against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday, April 24, for alleged "mass murder" in the Philippines.

In a 78-page complaint published by the New York Times, Sabio requested that the Pre-Trial Chamber of the ICC "commit President Rodrigo Duterte and his senior government officials to the Trial Chamber for trial and that the Trial Chamber in turn, after trial, convict them and sentence them to corresponding prison sentence or life imprisonment."

Duterte dismisses ICC complaint
by Pia Ranada April 27, 2017
The President does not bother to read the 78-page document: 'Why would I waste my time?'.

The bigger hurdles to having ICC prosecute Duterte
by Emil Marañon III April 26, 2017
Jude Sabio’s 'complaint' has to prove the supposed unwillingness or inability of the Philippine government to prosecute President Duterte for the crimes he allegedly committed.

12 considerations on Duterte and the ICC
by Tony La Viña April 25, 2017
The weight of opinion is that this is a proper case of the ICC. There is immense interest in moving this forward, and I think we will get some traction soon.

Palace says ICC complaint meant to 'embarrass, shame' Duterte
by Pia Ranada April 24, 2017
Malacañang says it is more than coincidence that the complaint was filed days before the start of the 30th ASEAN Summit, the first international event to be hosted by Duterte.

Duterte 'welcomes' impeachment, ICC cases
by Bea Cupin March 19, 2017
While his allies and the Palace defend President Rodrigo Duterte from an impeachment case and a possible ICC case, he himself 'welcomes' these

Planned ICC case 'not applicable' to Duterte, PH – Palace
March 11, 2017
Malacañang reiterates that the extrajudicial killings – stated as the basis for a case against the President before the tribunal – are not state-sanctioned

Things to know about Duterte's pet peeve ICC
by Jodesz Gavilan November 24, 2016 - with Video
President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to follow in the footsteps of Russian President Vladimir Putin and withdraw from the International Criminal Court.
Calling the tribunal “useless”, Duterte threatened to follow the action of his “idol” Russian President Vladimir Putin who formally withdrew his country’s signature from the founding statute of the ICC.

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Matobato lawyer Jude Sabio on Duterte and the ICC
March 23, 2017
Lawyer Jude Sabio is expected to fly to the Netherlands to hold President Rodrigo Duterte accountable before the International Criminal Court over extrajudicial killings related to his war on illegal drugs.

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Killings in war on drugs 'extension' of DDS system – Sabio
by Jodesz Gavilan March 25, 2017 - with Video
Lawyer Jude Sabio says testimonies of self-proclaimed Davao Death Squad members and pronouncements on killing drug personalities will help build a strong case against President Rodrigo Duterte before the ICC

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