For Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, President Rodrigo Duterte is now in a limbo not even his allies can save him from.
“Pick your poison, Mr. Duterte,” Senator Antonio Trillanes IV stated on Wednesday (April 26) after the International Criminal Court was requested to probe him for crimes towards humanity.
Trillanes stated the ICC will don’t have any selection however to analyze Duterte if his allies save him from impeachment.
“He declared a policy of killings that left thousands of Filipinos slaughtered. He didn’t lift a finger to stop it. Worse, Duterte even encouraged it. With that, the only requirement left before ICC could assume jurisdiction is whether the local courts are unwilling and unable to prosecute Duterte,” the senator stated.
But since Duterte has presidential immunity, Trillanes stated the one means for the nation’s courts compel him to face prosecution over his alleged wrongdoings is thru impeachment proceedings.
“In other words, if his allies railroad the impeachment complaint, the ICC steps in,” Trillanes stated.
An impeachment criticism has been filed towards Duterte by Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, an ally of Trillanes.
Earlier this week, lawyer Jude Sabio filed a comunication earlier than the Hague-based tribunal asking it to analyze Duterte for crimes towards humanity.
In specific, Sabio accused the President of getting a hand in the deaths of over 9,000 suspected criminals and political enemies from the time he was mayor till he assumed workplace final 12 months.
For Trillanes, there may be certainly greater than sufficient proof for the ICC to analyze Duterte over extrajudicial killings.