MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano have filed a supplemental complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Netherlands.
In their 45-page pleading, which is an additional complaint to the one earlier filed against Duterte by lawyer Jude Sabio last April, the lawmakers told the Office of the Prosecutor of the Hague-based international tribunal that “the case of crimes against humanity against Duterte is very solid.”
“He repeatedly, explicitly and clearly pronounced a national policy of killing drug suspects and the PNP (Philippine National Police) executed it,” Trillanes said.
According to the senator, “the Philippines, being a state party and Duterte being a Filipino, satisfy jurisdictional requirements.”
“Any Filipino lawyer who says otherwise, should read the ICC policy papers first,” added Trillanes.
The Rome Statute is the treaty that established the ICC, the first permanent international court mandated to hear cases against perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression, which are the Statute’s four core international crimes.
The Philippines is among the 124 state parties that ratified the Rome Statute.