For Malacañang, lawyer Jude Sabio wished to embarrass President Rodrigo Duterte by submitting a grievance towards him earlier than the International Criminal Court on the week the nation will host the ASEAN Summit.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Monday (April 24) hit Sabio for working to the ICC as an alternative of exhausting all authorized cures obtainable beneath the Constitution.

“The timing of the filing of the case is suspect – apparently meant to create negative news in the midst of the Philippines ASEAN debut; as it cannot prosper,” he stated in an announcement.

“The intent of this filing in ICC is clearly to embarrass and shame the President, and undermine the duly constituted government of the Philippines,” Abella added.

The Palace official famous that ICC guidelines present that it’s only the courtroom of final resort as soon as authorized cures within the nation have been exhausted, one thing which he stated neither Sabio nor his consumer, self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato did.

Abella stated a Senate investigation on extrajudicial killings have already been performed, a proof that “there is no unwillingness or inability on the part of the State to investigate and prosecute the President.”

The Palace official reiterated that EJKs are neither sanctioned nor sponsored by the state.

He stated police authorities are conducting legit operations that require observance of operational protocols and those that breach procedures are made to reply earlier than the regulation.

In a 77-page grievance, Sabio requested the ICC to maintain Duterte accountable over the deaths of 9,000 people throughout his time period as Davao mayor and President.

For Abella, Sabio’s grievance is nothing however “a cynical effort against the reform-oriented agenda of the Duterte Administration and of the betterment of the lives of the Filipino people.”