Thursday, March 22, 2018

Yari ka! Pres. Duterte holds evidence of Loida Lewis' connivance with the ICC

Loida Lewis is back!
Loida Lewis | Photo CTTO

Filipino-American philanthropist Loida Lewis has the means to connive with the International Criminal Court (ICC), says Malacañang in a press conference on Thursday, March 22.

This, after President Rodrigo Duterte earlier accused Lewis of doing such.

According to the Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, Loida Nicolas-Lewis, who is known as a Fil-Am community leader, is capable of doing a conspiracy with the international court based in the Hague to file charges against the President for crimes against humanity for the reason that "she’s rich."

The statement of the Malacañang Palace was made shortly after Pres. Duterte recently threatened to release a transcript of a wiretapped phone conversation concerning the preliminary examination to be performed by the ICC into the country's bloody war on drugs. Reportedly, the preliminary examination is not yet an investigation.

The said conversation allegedly involved Lewis, whom the President mistakenly referred to as 'Loida Reyes'.
Loida Lewis | Photo CTTO

Reluctant to provide any further details, Pres. Duterte only added that the transcript was given to him by "some countries".

On the other hand, the Fil-Am Duterte critic strongly denied the President's accusation.

When Roque was asked if he has further information regarding the allegedly tapped phone call, the presidential spokesperson said that while he has no additional details about the data that the President received, he said he cannot disregard the possibility that Lewis could have really had a hand in the examination of the International Criminal Court into the administration's war against illegal drugs.

He added that "The ICC accepts donations from private persons and organizations and I do know that particularly on the reparation fund... the ICC welcomes donations from everyone".

It was only last week when the president announced that he is going to withdraw the Philippines from the founding treaty of ICC, Rome Statute. Soon after the court announced that it would conduct a preliminary examination into a communication filed by a Filipino lawyer accusing him of crimes against humanity.
Loida Lewis | Photo CTTO

The Philippines’ permanent representative to the UN, Teodoro 'Teddy' Locsin, was the one who sent a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres informing him of the government's decision of withdrawal from the ICC as one of its members.

Apart from the anti-Duterte Fil-Am, Pres. Duterte also said that he has information against ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. This is because supposedly, her phone was also tapped.

Suspicious, Pres. Duterte doubts Fatou Bensouda's ability to handle the drug war case as the ICC prosecutor specializes in maritime law.

Reports says 'Bensouda holds a masters degree in International Maritime Law and Law of The Sea and is the first international maritime law expert of The Gambia. She was also previously Justice minister of The Gambia'.

Meanwhile, the ICC mentioned on its public website that "Prior to her work at the International Criminal Court, Ms Bensouda worked as legal adviser and trial attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania, rising to the position of senior legal advisor and head of the Legal Advisory Unit".

It also added that "She has served as delegate to United Nations conferences on crime prevention, the Organization of African Unity's Ministerial Meetings on Human Rights, and as delegate of The Gambia to the meetings of the Preparatory Commission for the International Criminal Court".
Loida Lewis and Pres. Rodrigo Duterte | Photo CTTO

Source: Philstar

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