Senator Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday (April 24) believes that charges of crimes towards humanity towards President Duterte earlier than the International Criminal Court (ICC) are doomed to fail if these are only backed up by testimonies of self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato and retired SPO3 Arthur Lascanas.
“(The) ICC case against President Duterte et al (is) dustbin bound if two perjured witnesses, Lascanas and Matobato, are the only ones testifying,” he stated.
Based on his personal private evaluation, listening to personally the testimony of Matobato as presiding chair of one of many Senate committees that took up the latter’s allegations towards Duterte, Lacson stated the grievance can be thrashed as a result of the self-confessed hitman was not only a polluted source but in addition a perjured witness.
Matobato, who was the primary to floor to implicate the President on alleged extrajudicial killings by the Davao Death Squad (DDS) whereas Duterte was nonetheless Davao City mayor, is being represented by Atty. Jude Sabio, who filed the communication filed earlier than the ICC.
Aside from hurdling the necessity to current credible witnesses, Lacson stated the communication towards Duterte earlier than the ICC ought to fulfill no less than two fundamental necessities: that the national courts, particularly the regional trial courtroom (RTC) and even the Supreme Court are unwilling or unable to prosecute these being charged; and when the United Nations (UN) Security Council or particular person states refer the case to the ICC,
“In order to determine if the ICC will give due course to the complained filed by Sabio, let us ask ourselves if these requirements or conditions are met, then we can draw our conclusions from there,” he stated.
“I would like to believe that it is going to be a tall order, even a disappointment for people who wish that the ICC take jurisdiction over Pres. Duterte and other individuals charged in this instant case,” Lacson added.
The senator, nonetheless, shouldn’t be inclined to consider that the timing of the submitting of the ICC case was intentionally performed on the week of the nation’s internet hosting of the ASEAN Summit as what has been claimed by a few of his colleagues.
“Embarrassing our President before world leaders who will be converging in our country for an international summit like the ASEAN is one of the most unpatriotic acts and the worst disservice that one can do to his country,” he stated.
“If only in that regard, unless there is clear evidence to prove Malacanang’s assertion, I would rather give Sabio the benefit of the doubt as to his motive in filing the case at a time when the ASEAN summit will be hosted by the country this year,” Lacson stated.