The New York Times has urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to right away open an investigation on President Rodrigo Duterte for crimes in opposition to humanity, saying there is already “more than enough evidence” for a preliminary probe.

In its April 25 editorial titled “Let the World Condemn Duterte,” the Times mentioned the ICC’s investigation of the President “would send an unmistakable signal to Mr. Duterte that he may eventually have to answer for his crimes, and would encourage governments to take measures against him, such as imposing tariffs on Philippine goods.”

The Times mentioned the enchantment filed by lawyer Jude Sabio earlier than the Hague-based courtroom to probe Duterte is simply one of many items of proof that it will probably use in its investigation.

Other paperwork which will again the allegation of mass homicide in opposition to Duterte embrace the findings of the Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, in addition to the confessions of former death squad members.

The President’s personal phrases, the Times mentioned, also can be used in opposition to him, citing his notorious comment final yr about being “happy to slaughter” three million drug addicts.

While the Times acknowledged that Duterte’s recognition may make the ICC assume twice about prosecuting him, it mentioned the worldwide physique “should promptly open a preliminary investigation into the killings.”

“This is a man who must be stopped,” the paper mentioned.