International court investigating Duterte’s drug war

The International Criminal Court has authorized an investigation into the Philippine President’s war on drugs, accusing it of being a “crime against humanity”.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced on September 15 that the judges had approved the prosecutor’s request to launch an investigation into the war on drugs launched by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. motion.

The ICC judges accused the Duterte administration’s war on drugs not as a legitimate law enforcement operation, but as a “systematic attack on civilians”.

President Duterte’s legal adviser Salvador Panelo said today that the ICC has no jurisdiction over the matter and affirmed that the Philippines will not cooperate with the investigation.

“The position of the President has not changed. The ICC has gone astray in conducting this incident, in violation of the Philippine constitution and in defiance of its own statutes,” Panelo said, adding that ICC investigators will were not allowed to travel to the Philippines to conduct investigations.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, Metro Manila in July. Photo: Reuters.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks in Quezon City, Metro Manila in July. Photo: Reuters.

President Duterte in 2018 canceled the Philippines’ membership in the ICC. However, according to the ICC’s regulations, this agency has the authority to investigate crimes in the Philippines from 2016 to 2019, when the country was still a member of the organization.

The Philippine president will end his six-year term in June 2022 and is planning to run for vice president. Duterte defended his campaign against drug crimes, calling it a campaign to reduce crime and improve security and order.

After coming to power in May 2016, President Duterte launched a war on drugs, allowing police to shoot suspects dead on the spot without trial. The Philippine National Police said more than 6,000 people were shot dead during the operation, but independent UN monitors believe the actual number could be more than 27,000.

Ngoc Anh (Follow Reuters)

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