Tuesday, March 20, 2018

ICC will do everything to win back Duterte

International Criminal Court official said he is willing to fly to Manila to talk with the Duterte administration.
President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute O-Gon Kwon | Photo CTTO

In an interview, the President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, O-Gon Kwon, sounded — not just open but — very much willing to have a talk with with the Philippines' government officials following the country's withdrawal from the Rome Statute.

Speaking with Tina Palma and Tony Velasquez on ANC's The World Tonight Monday, the president of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute emphasized his call for Manila to remain a member of the ICC.

This, despite of the Pres. Duterte's call for mass withdrawal to other countries that are associated with the The Hague-based tribunal.

Also the head of the International Criminal Court's management oversight and legislative body, O-Gon Kwon, said he is willing to fly out to the Philippines to engage with the authorities or government officials in a dialogue. Even though President Rodrigo Duterte has already decided to withdraw the country from the global tribunal.
ICC Building | Photo CTTO

According to Kwon, the Philippines' withdrawal from the ICC would prevent the international court to live by with its mission: to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity.

"One thing I can add is I'm ready to fly to Manila to engage in dialogue with any authorities of the Philippines' government, and have open debate, if feasible and necessary, any time," Kwon said.

He also said that the withdrawal of the Philippines' from the said institution would paint a negative impact to the "global efforts to fight impunity."

Asked what his impression is regarding the President's call for the other country's withdrawal, the ICC official said "I find it regrettable if the Philippines does indeed withdraw from Rome Statute because it will impact negatively on the global efforts to fight impunity for the most serious crimes, to prevent atrocities and bring justice to the victims".
The ICC | Photo CTTO

Pres. Duterte recently said he would urge other signatories to the Rome Statute to get out of the agreement and called it disrespectful.

However, reportedly, the Spokesperson of the President, Harry Roque, believes it is too late for such negotiations - referring to Kwon's attempt to have a talk with the Philippine officials.

In a statement, Roque said "Too late the hero. Let him talk to that prosecutor".

Pressed for more details, the spokesperson said he will be able to discuss more about Kwon's pronouncements on his upcoming press briefing on Tuesday .

It can be remembered that it was only last week when Pres. Duterte announced it's intent on the country's move towards the ICC exit which eventually, has launched a preliminary examination on his war against drugs.
Pres. Duterte and the ICC logo | Photo CTTO

The International Criminal Court has started a preliminary examination on the charges filed by lawyer the Filipino lawyer. The case filed by Jude Sabio against the President was in relation to the Duterte administration's campaign against illegal drugs.

The former Davao City Mayor later officially announced the Philippines' withdrawal from the ICC.

Last Friday, the global tribunal released a statement in response to Pres. Duterte's announcement.  In the statement was the International Criminal Court's call for the Philippines not to push with its plan to withdraw its ratification of the treaty that made the institution.
The ICC logo | Photo CTTO

Source: ABS-CBN News

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