ICC tiniyak ang patas sa kaso vs Duterte; umaasa sa kooperasyon ng Phl authorities

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ILOILO CITY – Tiniyak ng International Criminal Court (ICC) ang patas na pagbusisi sa mga impormasyong inihain sa kanila laban sa Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte.

Kasabay ito nang pagsisimula na ng ICC ng preliminary examination sa kasong crime against humanity na inihain laban sa Pangulo at iba pang miyembro ng gabinete nito.

Sinabi ni ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensoda na magtatrabaho ito sa ilalim ng mandato ng Rome Statute na walang pinapanigan.

Magiging maingat din umano siya sa pagsusuri ng mga impormasyong isinumite sa kaniyang tanggapan partikular ang usapin ng sinasabing extrajudicial killings sa Pilipinas.

Umaasa rin si Bensoda na makikipagtulungan ang mga otoridad sa Pilipinas.

“In conformity with the complementarity principle, which is a cornerstone of the Rome Statute legal system, and within the framework of each preliminary examination, my Office will be engaging with the national authorities concerned with a view to discussing and assessing any relevant investigation and prosecution at the national level.

“In the independent and impartial exercise of its mandate, my Office will also give consideration to all submissions and views conveyed to it during the course of each preliminary examination, strictly guided by the requirements of the Rome Statute.

I reiterate that my Office undertakes this work with full independence and impartiality in accordance with its mandate and the applicable legal instruments of the Court. As we do, we hope to count on the full engagement of the relevant national authorities in the Philippines,” ani Bensouda.

Inihayag ni Bensoda na simula 2016 ay kaniya nang sinubaybayan ag kampanya laban sa iligal na droga ng Duterte administration.

“Since 2016, I have closely followed the situations in the Republic of the Philippines (“the Philippines”) and in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (“Venezuela”). Both countries are States Parties to the Rome Statute.

“Following a careful, independent and impartial review of a number of communications and reports documenting alleged crimes potentially falling within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), I have decided to open a preliminary examination into each situation.

“The preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines will analyse crimes allegedly committed in this State Party since at least 1 July 2016, in the context of the “war on drugs” campaign launched by the Government of the Philippines. Specifically, it has been alleged that since 1 July 2016, thousands of persons have been killed for reasons related to their alleged involvement in illegal drug use or dealing. While some of such killings have reportedly occurred in the context of clashes between or within gangs, it is alleged that many of the reported incidents involved extra-judicial killings in the course of police anti-drug operations,” dagdag pa ni Bensouda.

Ang 56-anyos na Gambian lawyer ay nagsimulang manungkulan bilang chief prosecutor ng International Criminal Court noong June 2012.

Naging minister of justice rin ito ng Gambia at umupong legal adviser at Trial Attorney sa International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda.

Kabilang din si Bensouda sa kinilala ng Time magazine bilang 100 most influential people in the world.

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