Saturday, March 17, 2018

After Robredo's remark on ICC withdrawal, netizen slams VP: Common sense is a gift, please use it often!


VP Leni Robredo strikes again.
Photo CTTO

In her recent statement before the press, Vice President Maria Leonor 'Leni' Robredo fires another statement that opposes President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's directive.

It was only this week when the country has withdrawn from the International Criminal Court, an institution that was established by the treaty of the Rome Statute, as ordered by no less than the Pres. Duterte himself.

The government's move of withdrawal drew different reactions both from the public and the politicians themselves. Among them is the country's Vice President herself, Leni Robredo.

In an interview with Robredo, the latter expressed disagreement with the withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. With the premise of the negative implications that the move would possible cause the country, the Vice President cited 4 factors.

First, she said, it would affect our 'international perception'. Second, such act would make our commitment to international agreements 'questionable'. Third was about the human rights, with Robredo asking 'Ayaw na ba natin mangako na i-a uphold natin ito?'.

'Ano ba iyong implikasyon ng pag-alis natin, pag-withdraw? Implikasyon nito, una...iyong international perception sa ating bansa apektado. Pangalawa, nagiging questionable na iyong commitment natin sa international agreements. Pangatlo, ano ba iyong gustong sabihin nito pagdating sa human rights? Ayaw na ba natin mangako na i-a uphold natin ito?', Leni said.
President Rodrigo Duterte with Vice President Leni Robredo | Photo CTTO

'Ang pinakamahalaga, inaalis natin iyong-ito kasi, parang safety net: kapag mapangabuso iyong mga opisyal, iyong pagiging signatory natin sa ICC, parang safety net natin na kung iyong mga opisyal natin hindi inaakysunan iyong mga pang-aabuso sa loob, mayroon tayong madudulugan', she added.

On the other hand, a staunch Duterte supporter slams Robredo for such a negative remark.

Maricor MC, a University of Sto. Thomas alumnus and a known social media personality especially for pro-Duterte supporters, wrote an open letter to the Vice President concerning her recent statements about the ICC exit.
Screengrab from News5

On the said post, the Duterte loyalist threw tons of questions to Robredo.

'Is the Philippines a failed state? Is the Philippine Constitution a fairytale book? Do we need a highly politicized international tribunal to intervene with our internal affairs? Aren't we a UN member? You ought to know the answers because you are still the VP and can freely discuss this issue, so that means we have a functioning government. Has logic escaped you?'

Check out her full post below:

Madam VP, please allow me to paraphrase your statement a few days ago.

1. International perception 
• All of a sudden, you're concerned about "international perception". Madam, let me remind you of your palit-ulo video message that was sent to UN around this time last year. You deliberately sabotaged the image of our country before the international community and undermined the government you are very much a part of. How perverse and hypocritical you must be to talk about international perception.
ICC logo | Photo CTTO

By the way, "global" perception is more apt. As the VP, please choose your words wisely.

2. Questionable -- commitment -- international agreements
• How does the withdrawal from ICC affect international agreements? How would that affect our current economic relations with the superpowers and ASEAN members? When these superpowers and 8 out of 10 ASEAN nations are not even signatories to the Rome Statute. Jusko naman!

Please understand that you are not part of the President's team of advisers so kindly keep your absurd opinion to yourself.

3. Human rights
• Madam Leni, may I suggest to brush up on your law studies, mukhang nangalawang na. The Constitution guarantees our bill of rights. May Revised Penal Code po, pati cybercrime laws and a host of AOs and RAs.

4. Safety net
Maricor MC | Photo from Facebook

• Is the Philippines a failed state? Is the Philippine Constitution a fairytale book? Do we need a highly politicized international tribunal to intervene with our internal affairs? Aren't we a UN member? You ought to know the answers because you are still the VP and can freely discuss this issue, so that means we have a functioning government. Has logic escaped you?
The ICC has no jurisdiction due to complementarity. So I hope you understand the context.

Common sense is a gift so please use it often.

Source: Maricor MC

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