President Rodrigo Duterte’s authorized adviser urged the New York Times on Wednesday (April 26) to double examine its details after the paper urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to probe the Chief Executive for mass homicide.

Chief Presidential Legal Adviser Salvador Panelo described as “irresponsible” the Times’ editorial saying Duterte have to be stopped by the ICC.

“I think the New York Times should, before it makes any editorial of this matter should come over the Philippines and do its own probe so that they will know the exact reality on the ground. and not just based its opinion on what the members of the newspaper read from the newspapers coming out of this country,” he mentioned.

Panelo maintained that the ICC can’t assume jurisdiction over Duterte because the Senate has performed its personal probe on Duterte’s alleged involvement in EJKs.

“No findings have been made by any of the investigating body that conducted probe on the alleged EJKs. In fact, there is a finding by the Philippine Senate that the so-called EJKs are not state-sponsored or state-initiated. There is therefore, no basis, whether in fact or in law, in the editorial of the New York Times,” he mentioned.