Malacañang on Monday questioning the timing of the submitting of a criticism towards President Rodrigo Duterte earlier than the International Criminal Court (ICC).
“The timing of the filing of the case is suspect — apparently meant to create negative news in the midst of the Philippines ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) debut; as it cannot prosper,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella mentioned in an announcement to media.
“International Criminal Court rules provide that the ICC, as a court of last resort, will only exercise jurisdiction over a case once legal remedies in the Philippines have been exhausted,” he identified, including that Sabio and his consumer Edgar Matobato “did not avail/exhaust all domestic remedies allowed under the Philippine Constitution.”
Abella was referring to lawyer Jude Josue Sabio who filed a 77-page criticism earlier than the ICC. He accused Duterte and 11 of his allies of committing crimes towards humanity. Sabio mentioned Duterte and his allies aided and abetted mass homicide of 1,400 individuals in Davao City and round 7,000 people killed in relation to the President’s conflict towards medication.
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Abella insisted that the mentioned abstract killings aren’t state-sponsored.
“Police authorities are conducting legitimate operations that require observance of operational protocols and those who breach procedures are made to answer before the law,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the Philippine National Police (PNP) already has an Internal Affairs Service (IAS) that investigates policemen accused of violating procedures.
“This body can suspend or dismiss PNP personnel based on violations incurred and can recommend the filing of criminal charges,” he mentioned.
Abella mentioned the ICC case is “clearly to embarrass and shame the President, and undermine the duly constituted government of the Philippines.”
“It is a cynical effort against the reform-oriented agenda of the Duterte Administration and of the betterment of the lives of the Filipino people,” he mentioned. JE
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