After dropping the impeachment battle, Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV and Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano filed a supplemental criticism towards President Rodrigo Duterte earlier than the International Criminal Court Tuesday (June 6).
In the 45-page communication submitted to the Office of the Prosecutor of ICC, Trillanes and Alejano affirmed and offered updates to the communication submitted by lawyer Jude Sabio earlier than the ICC accusing Duterte of committing crimes towards humanity by being a celebration to extrajudicial killings within the nation.
They additionally included within the communication the record of killings which transpired after the primary communication to the ICC was submitted final April 24 by ASabio, and different related incidents which show that the killings taking place across the nation are being accomplished systematically by police by the so-called professional police operations, or by vigilante fashion executions, that are carried out by police themselves.
“The case of crimes against humanity against Duterte is very solid. He repeatedly, explicitly and clearly pronounced a national policy of killing drug suspects and the PNP executed it,” Trillanes mentioned in a press release.
“Moreover, the Philippines, being a state party and Duterte being a Filipino, satisfy jurisdictional requirements. Any Filipino lawyer who says otherwise, should read the ICC policy papers first,” he added.
Alejano mentioned the swift termination of the Senate hearings on EJKs and the junking of the impeachment criticism towards Dutert show the federal government is “unwilling and unable” to charge these accountable for the crimes.
“It is in this regard that we are calling on the ICC to intervene and conduct preliminary examination of the situation in the country in order to prevent further extra-judicial killings and render justice in the country,” he mentioned.
Alejano filed the impeachment criticism towards Duterte that was junked by the House of Representatives.