Global court warns govt over killings

PERFECT STATEMENT President Rodrigo Duterte graces the annual conference of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where he said his international critics would be humiliated when they begin a probe into alleged summary killings of drug suspects in the country.PHOTO BY LANZ MENDOZA

PERFECT STATEMENT President Rodrigo Duterte graces the annual conference of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where he said his international critics would be humiliated when they begin a probe into alleged summary killings of drug suspects in the country.PHOTO BY LANZ MENDOZA

THE chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued a warning to the Philippine government over alleged extrajudicial killings, saying officials’ incitement of mass killings could be prosecuted before the court in The Hague.

Malacañang reacted swiftly to the statement, saying the alleged extrajudicial killings linked to the war against drugs were not state-sanctioned, and that President Rodrigo Duterte would face any inquiry.

Duterte launched a typically defiant counter-attack on Friday, defending his rhetoric and the crime war that is seeing more that 1,000 people killed every month.

“There is nothing wrong in threatening criminals to death. By that statement alone: ‘You criminals, I will kill you. Do not fool around.’ It is a perfect statement,” Duterte said.

Describing his critics as “fools”, Duterte reiterated his position he was not breaking any domestic laws by threatening to kill criminals and pledged the crime war would continue until there were no more illegal drugs in society.

“I will not stop. Be sure of it, you can cast it in whatever stone. I will not stop until the last pusher, until the last drug lord is taken away,” he said.

Since Duterte took office, police have killed 1,578 people and 2,151 have died in unexplained circumstances, according to official figures released Friday. The total of 3,729 is 368 more than the previous police update released last week.

Malacañang this week invited UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard to investigate the killings.

But Duterte vowed on Thursday to “humiliate” her and any other critics if they dared to come to the Philippines and investigate.

Polls show Filipinos overwhelmingly support Duterte’s war on crime.

‘Worrying killings’

In a statement on the court’s website, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, a lawyer from Gambia, said her office was “aware of worrying reported extrajudicial killings of alleged drug dealers and users in the Philippines, which may have led to over 3,000 deaths in the past three months.”

“I am deeply concerned about these alleged killings and the fact that public statements of high officials of the Republic of the Philippines seem to condone such killings and further seem to encourage State forces and civilians alike to continue targeting these individuals with lethal force,” she said, without naming these officials.

“Let me be clear: any person in the Philippines who incites or engages in acts of mass violence including by ordering, requesting, encouraging or contributing, in any other manner, to the commission of crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC is potentially liable to prosecution before the Court,” she added.

Party to ICC

Bensouda reminded the government that the Philippines is a state party to the ICC “and as such, the Court has jurisdiction over genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed on the territory or by nationals of the Philippines since 1 November 2011, the date when the Statute entered into force in the Philippines.”

“Extrajudicial killings may fall under the jurisdiction of the ICC if they are committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population pursuant to a State policy to commit such an attack,” she explained.

Bensouda said her office, in accordance with the Rome Statute, would closely follow developments in the Philippines and “record any instance of incitement or resort to violence with a view to assessing whether a preliminary examination into the situation of the Philippines needs to be opened.”

The ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor said it conducts independent and impartial preliminary examinations, investigations and prosecution of the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

It said it had conducted investigations in Uganda; the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Darfur, Sudan; the Central African Republic; Kenya; Libya; Côte d’Ivoire; Mali and Georgia.

It is also conducting preliminary examinations related to incidents in Afghanistan; Burundi; the registered vessels of Comoros, Greece and Cambodia; Colombia; Gabon; Guinea; Iraq and the United Kingdom; Palestine; Nigeria and Ukraine.

Cleared by Senate panel

Duterte has repeatedly denied condoning extrajudicial killings, saying he had only instructed police to kill drug suspects in self-defense.

Malacañang however appeared to soften its stance this week and said police should only shoot suspects to disable them.

Andanar pointed out that Sen. Richard Gordon, chairman of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights who conducted a probe on extrajudicial killings, had been quoted as saying “there is no proof that the killings were state-sponsored.”

“In any case, the President has articulated that he is willing to submit himself to an investigation before any body,” he added.

Duterte has earned criticism from human rights advocates and the international community following the surge in killings of individuals with drug links.

Despite this, the President maintains that his fight against drugs will be “relentless” until the drug trade is wiped out.

In retaliation, Duterte has launched tirades against the US, the EU and the UN, daring US President Barack Obama and UN chief Ban Ki-moon to come over to Manila and investigate him.


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  1. mabait na pinoy on

    ICC is operating in a different level of wavelength because they were talking about war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, extra judicial killings or systematic attacks against civilian population. These are all wrong assessments and accusations and therefore, President Duterte can say his favorite line once again, To ICC—GO TO HELL!!!


    Did you know that the Philippines can pull out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at any time? The Rome Statute, the treaty the established the ICC, allows for states to withdraw from the ICC. In fact, some major world powers (countries) have refused to be a member of the ICC or refuses to recognized its “authority”. Believe it or not, the United States (U.S.) is one of them.

    Israel had refused to be a party to the ICC because it has concerns that political pressure on the Court would lead it to reinterpret international law or to “invent new crimes”.

    United States is not a party to the ICC because its constitution does not allow cession of judicial authority to any institution other than the U.S. Supreme Court.

    China and Russia have consistently opposed the International Criminal Court, on the basis that it goes against the sovereignty of nation states, that the principle of complementarity gives the Court the ability to judge a nation’s court system.

    The ICC is much like the United Nations (UN) that is composed of member countries, and just like the UN – politics play a major role in its affairs. Other non-member world powers (countries) have consistently accused the ICC of bias against certain subjects – individuals or groups or countries.

    How can an institution such as the ICC be trusted with an unbiased perspective when its members’ motivations and decisions are held accountable to the bar of public opinion? Pres. Duterte should rescind our country’s membership from the ICC as soon as possible.


  3. Extra-judicial killing or anti-judicial killing ?

    The word extra-judicial killing is a misnomer. The entity who coined this word is of an evil mind–to implicate the governing authorities. This is the main culprit , the invention of the word extra-judicial killing. The one who invented it probably possessed a demented mind whose satisfaction emanates from the misfortunes of other people especially the fall of the good ones. By inventing the word extra-judicial killing , he readily made the insinuation that this is an extension of the judicial killing done by any government. In so doing , criminals as well as politically-motivated individuals have a ready-made template on how to overthrow a good government at any given time. Anyone who is to become a leader of a nation has to make do with this preprogrammed portfolio of self-destruction , but certainly not a self-imposed one. It is as if an axe is ready to cut his throat even before he assumes leadership. By extending the word judicial to extra-judicial , the government in power has been rendered helpless and hapless. It has become a strong political weapon in the hands of wicked men to dethrone a good leader. The word extra which prefixes the word judicial is utterly evil—its ulterior motive is to make it appear that the crime is perpetrated by the present government. Do not extend the word judicial , rather , divide it so that the whole truth comes out.
    Remember what Solomon did to know the whole truth concerning the two women protagonists. He used his famous “sword” symbolic of the word of truth—and he divided it to bring forth the whole truth. Now , divide the word “judicial” , once divided brings forth its opposite : anti-judicial. This is the God-given way of ferreting out the whole truth. We repeat—DIVIDE , DO NOT EXTEND. That’s evil practice because if you extend , you create a phantom not a true vision of the truth. If you divide a word you actually kill any evil intention which might arise so that evil men cannot push through with their evil plans.
    The present government has the legal police in its fold , why in the world that they should go extrajudicial ? In fact , the government forces can kill criminals judicially just like what President Duterte has been explaining in full knowledge of the public. So why kill criminals in an extraordinary way—wrapping the cadaver with duct tape , putting placard which say , “wag pamarisan , addict ako or pusher ako”.
    Remember the perpetrators of the so-called extra-judicial killings employ methods which are exactly opposite that of the police. The police make its operation in full view of the media and the populace , and that every operation is documented , whereas the other side kill without observing judicial procedures. They do every killing in secret , riding in tandem with their faces covered , and they attack unsuspecting individuals. Shady characters killing supposed drug personalities in the dark , away from the grasp of a sane society. Should they call this undertaking “extrajudicial killing” , for what reason ? to conjure up government involvement ? Why should the government branch out into extrajudicial killings which in its very nature are exactly opposite of the judicial method approved by the President?
    In reality , the act they termed as extra-judicial does not behave as such—the act is devoid of any judicial sanity.
    The term extrajudicial killing is indeed a misnomer approved by wicked minds. By using the word extra-judicial killing , politically-evil men are able to paint a picture which is an illusion , an exact opposite of the real picture. The reality is that these killings are done by criminals that is why there is no judicial sanity in all these killings.
    The most appropriate term should be “anti-judicial killing”. This term will finally bring out the truth. The two terms now stood on opposite sides : judicial killing on one side and anti-judicial killing on the other side.

  4. “I am deeply concerned about these alleged killings and the fact that public statements of high officials of the Republic of the Philippines seem to condone such killings and further seem to encourage State forces and civilians alike to continue targeting these individuals with lethal force,” she said, without naming these officials.- For a world body that is supposed to be the representation of law based on facts, they really issue statements rather quickly based on here say (alleged, seem to, based on the works of, as heard from). How sad.

  5. IS and Boko Haram undeniably are mass murderers, not of criminals but plain civilians. Then why not ICC prosecute them first? All UN investigators should they come shall be subjected to mandatory drug test and deport immediately if found positive.

  6. Yonkers, New York
    15 October 2016

    There is no way the INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT can now be persuaded by Little Tyrant Rodrigo Duterte’s shameless denial of his well-publicized warrantless genocidal extrajudicial mass-murder of those he and his executioner PNP chief General Ronald “Bato”dela Rosa have been engaged in since June 20th, a ruthless lawless drive which has netted for these two bloodthirsty criminals a total of close to 4,000 hapless victims so far–is NOT TRUE.

    The whole world is now fully aware that Little Tyrant Duterte boasts of mass-murdering 3 million, and he proudly compares himself to Hitler who murdered 6 million Jews. Israel was quick to condemn him–and he had to apologize.

    The ICC appears now to be convinced that Duterte not only has threatened to give vent to his genocideal tendencies, but that he has actually engaged in GENOCIDE. Now a thorough INVESTIGATION by the International Criminal Court is in order. It will very likely call Duterte’s BLUFF.

    ‘And more likely than not an impartial and thorough investigation by the ICC will CONFIRM Duterte’s genocide. He will be hailed to court and if found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt–which happens to be the ICC’s standard–Duterte can look forward to ROTTING IN JAIL. The ICC has such authority.


  7. Taga Palm Springd on

    A president who is arrogant will just be going circles! Soon he will attend to calamity-stricken population because of the typhoons! he is not submissive to corrections, so we’ll see what happens!

  8. Rat brains ICC. We Filipinos were not BLIND to see what is happening in this world. Theres a lot of problem..most especially in Syria. Have you not seen in the news everyday ,even a small children were killed because of this civil war. Innocent civilian people were killed because of incessant bombings by the Russians and Americans.. In, my country killed were notorious people, drug cartel and criminals, who wants to destabilize our new government and spoiled our YOUNG generation by having them with DRUGS…My country is not in CIVIL WAR take note ICC. We are not stupid people .. Mind your own business…

  9. This ICC should do their job properly. Why they don’t focus on the side of Middle East? Hundredths of persons died there everyday and what ICC is doing? Nothing. Why threatening the Philippine government? To the ICC please leave the Philippine government alone. Before issuing any press releases make sure you know the truth. Philippine drug problem was long overdue but because of this rampant corruption in the government if was neglected. Government officials and militaries are involve in drugs. That’s why majority of Filipino people approved how the current government’s actions.

  10. Duterte has repeatedly denied condoning extrajudicial killings, saying he had only instructed police to kill drug suspects in self-defense.

    There are televised speeches of Duterte

    On the day he was sworn into office, June 30, Duterte urged people living in a Manila slum to kill drug addicts in their community.
    “If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.”

    His handpicked police chief, Ronald dela Rosa, last month called for drug addicts to kill traffickers and burn down their homes.

    Addressing troops of the 10th Infantry Division on September 29th 2016
    President Duterte instructed soldiers to kill criminals whether or not they pull out a gun.

    “(If they pull out a gun, kill them. If they don’t, kill them, son of a whore so it’s over, lest you lose the gun. I’ll take care of you.)

    Maybe Duterte is too old to remember what he said last month

  11. salvage killing has been .on long before the duterte administration started and the whole world never complaint about it.. now, they are fighting the end stage of a drug war with the use of radical way to save their country and power of humanity is front and center to save few die hard criminal.

  12. If you invite investigators to the judicial killings, those invited, are our guest, they deserve to be treated well, and they need cooperation. If Malacanang have plans to humiliate those guests, it not right. It looks like the President is in a kid’s game, isn’t it a shame to act like a troubled kid?

  13. Another psychotic HitlerDU30 statement: “I’m very sure they can never be brighter than me. Believe me.” Masyado believe sa sarili. Let’s see in the coming months your fight against UN, US & EU through the International Criminal Court & UN Committee on Human Rights Council w/ the moral support of the local advocates of human rights.

  14. Jessie Corrales on

    The president is right. The government does not sanction EJKs. The ICC has no right to interfere inour domestic problems esp if they will not help solve it. I believe they are acting upon the instructions of the US.

  15. Why hasn’t Bensouda warned Obama for the death of Black Americans perpetrated by policemen? Why hasn’t ICC taken any action against the US govt for the death of Sadam and thousands others? Who appointed the Americans as international police that gave them the authority to interfere in the internal affairs of a souvereign country? Is the ICC conveying the message that Americans can just kill anyone while it is wrong for Duterte to cleanse his country of criminals?’

  16. These Globalist wants to protect Drug gangsters than the poor Pilipinos let it be known to them
    that the Philippines have a Rule of Law and they can come and see for thermselves.

  17. Please stop interfering with our first and only clean government. For the first time since the Spaniards came to colonize us, we are experiencing true liberation. First and foremost, by solving our crime problems, most esp. The drug problem, we will be free to walk the streets again without fear, our children can go to playgrounds (and probably have one too!). We will fbe free from political thieves who have been stealing the goods and services that should be ours. We will be free from the oppression of the oligarchs who have long denied the whole citizenry the right to enjoy a comfortable life in their own country. So please, train your eyes somewhere else. We, the law abiding citizens of this country will call you if and when we need you. We pray that you will open your eyes and ears and be given the wisdom to discern that those who are crying “human rights” are the very ones who want to take them (again) from US!