THE International Criminal Court (ICC) may wrap up by 2020 its preliminary examination into the charge of crimes against humanity filed against President Rodrigo Duterte.

In its annual report posted on its website, the ICC said that it has “significantly advanced” its assessment on whether there was reasonable basis to proceed with the investigation into the situation in the Philippines, particularly on the alleged extrajudicial killings committed under the Duterte administration’s war against illegal drugs.

The ICC insisted that it has jurisdiction over the Philippines despite its withdrawal from the Rome Statute on March 17.

It also took note of the “limited number of investigations and prosecutions” done on the national level over the brutal war against illegal drugs

Only one case of extrajudicial killing had been recorded, so far, that of  17-year-old Kian de los Santos who was killed in an anti-illegal drug operation in Caloocan City in 2017.

“While in principle, only national investigations that are designed to result in criminal prosecutions can trigger the application of article 17(a)-(c) of the Statute, out of an abundance of caution the office is also examining national developments which appears to fall outside the technical scope of the term ‘national criminal investigations,’ including Senate Committee hearings on extrajudicial killings,” the ICC said.

The ICC also said that it would seek to finalize its “subject-matter analysis,” while adding that it "gathered, received and analyzed information from various sources including hundreds of media and academic articles, reports, databases, legal submissions, primary documents, press releases and public statements made by intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations."

“Consistent with standard practice, the office has subjected such information through assessment of the reliability of sources and credibility of information received,” it also said.

“In connection with this process, the office has continued to take steps to verify seriousness of information received and corroborate a number of relevant factual issues,” the ICC said