President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said that he would urge other state parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to withdraw their membership from the international tribunal.
“Ang sinabi ko lang withdraw, simply because to announce to the world… and I will convince everybody now who are under the treaty sa [ICC], get out, get out… bastos ‘yan. It is not a document prepared by anybody, it is an EU [European Union]-sponsored,” Duterte said during his speech at the graduation ceremony of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Alab Tala Class of 2018.
He was referring to the Rome Statute, the treaty adopted in 1998 that created the ICC.
“Itong mga ‘to nung pumunta sila Africa pinagpapatay nila ‘yung mga Arabs, lahat na… It is really an atonement for their sins, tapos ang hinahabol nila either itim, pati sa lahat ng problema nakikialam pa,” Duterte added.
Last week, Duterte announced that the Philippines would withdraw from the ICC, saying he has been subject to “baseless, unprecedented and outrageous attacks,” by the Hague-based tribunal against him, as well as the attempt of the ICC prosecutor to place him under the tribunal’s jurisdiction.
Duterte’s move came after the ICC said they would act on a complaint filed against the President and conduct a preliminary examination on the alleged state-sponsored slays in the Philippines under the government’s violent war against illegal drugs.
In his speech, the Chief Executive reiterated that the said Court has no jurisdiction over him.
“Alam ko ang depensa ko, sabi ko ganon a few days before… you will never have jurisdiction over my person, not in a million years,” Duterte said. —
Source: GMA News