ICC Opens Preliminary Review On Alleged EJK
Ringo | On 09, Feb 2018
The International Criminal Court (ICC) started the preliminary review to answer the call of a lawyer against the war on drugs of the Philippines.
In April 2017, lawyer Jude Sabio, the legal counsel of self-confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) hitman Edgar Matobato, sent a communication to the ICC, which is based in Hague, Netherlands, to look into the alleged EJK in the Philippines.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque admitted that the ICC is indeed making a move. However, it’s not a case but only to review.
“Our mission in The Hague was informed that the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is opening a preliminary examination on the alleged acts associated with the campaign against illegal drugs covering the period of July 2016,” Roque told the reporters.
Roque also noted that President Rodrigo Duterte is welcoming the ICC’s move because he is already tired being accused of committing crimes against humanity.
“My statement is we agreed to be a member of the ICC because of the principle of complementarity that the court will only exercise jurisdiction if our courts are unwilling or unable to exercise jurisdiction on any crime cognizable by the International Criminal Court,” Roque said.