The case filed on the International Criminal Court (ICC) in opposition to the President is “dustbin bound” if it will rely primarily on the testimony of confessed murderer Edgar Matobato, Senator Panfilo Lacson mentioned on Tuesday.
Lacson is chair of the Senate committee on public order and harmful medication that carried out a joint investigation with the committee on justice and human rights on alleged extrajudicial killings within the nation.
Matobato was amongst those that testified within the joint panel that later got here up with a report that there was no proof that the killings had been state-sponsored.
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“Based on my own personal assessment as the presiding chairman of the Senate investigation that heard Matobato’s testimony, if he is Atty. Sabio’s main witness against PRRD et al, or worse, the only witness, being a polluted source and a perjured witness at that, I am almost certain that the complaint is as good as without merit,” mentioned Lacson.
PRRD is the initials of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte whereas Sabio is Matobato’s lawyer, Jude Josue Sabio, who filed the crimes in opposition to humanity in opposition to Duterte and 11 others on the ICC for the “continuing mass murder” within the nation.
“Therefore, it’s dustbin bound,” the senator mentioned.
Lacson mentioned getting the ICC to take jurisdiction over the case would even be a “tall order” for these behind the submitting of the case as they’ve but to fulfill no less than two necessities.
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“That the national courts, meaning our RTC’s and even the Supreme Court are unwilling or unable to prosecute those being charged, or when the UN Security Council or individual states refer the case/s to the ICC,” he mentioned.
“In order to determine if the ICC will give due course to the complaint filed by Atty Sabio, let us ask ourselves if these requirements or conditions are met, than we can draw our conclusion from there.”
“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 PRRD and other individuals charged in this instant case,” the senator added.
Unlike a few of his colleagues, who questioned the timing of the submitting of the case, Lacson mentioned he would give Sabio the advantage of the doubt why the submitting got here at a time the Philippines is internet hosting the Asean Summit this week.
“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 mentioned.
“If only in that regard, unless there is clear evidence to prove Malacañang’s assertion, I would rather give Atty 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,” he additional mentioned. CBB/rga
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