Group urges SC to void Philippines' withdrawal from ICC

June 13, 2018 8:27 AM

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MANILA - A non-government organization urged the Supreme Court on Wednesday to void the Philippine government's notice of withdrawal from a United Nations treaty that created the International Criminal Court (ICC). In its 51-page petition, the group Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court (PCICC) said the executive department needs Senate concurrence first before issuing a notice of withdrawal from the Rome Statute. "Petitioners had been shut off a process that should take place in public deliberations that the Senate is supposed to undertake precisely on the question of abnegating our international obligations under the Rome Statute," the petition read. PH to withdraw from ICC The PCICC said it is a group composed of individuals and corporate entities that campaigned for the Philippines to become a state party to the Rome Statute, an international treaty that established the ICC. In its plea, the coalition said President Rodrigo Duterte “gravely abused his discretion" in unilaterally withdrawing from the treaty signed in December 2000 and ratified in August 2011, violating the Constitution in the process. Duterte ordered the Philippines' withdrawal from the Rome Statute after the ICC announced in February that it would begin its preliminary examination into charges of mass murder against him in connection with his controversial war on drugs. The first petition to void the notice of withdrawal from the ICC was filed by opposition senators Francis Pangilinan, Franklin Drilon, Bam Aquino, Leila De Lima, Risa Hontiveros, and Antonio Trillanes IV. SC sets oral arguments on petition vs PH withdrawal from ICC

MANILA - A non-government organization urged the Supreme Court on Wednesday to void the Philippine government's notice of withdrawal from a United Nations treaty that created the International Criminal Court (ICC).

In its 51-page petition, the group Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court (PCICC) said the executive department needs Senate concurrence first before issuing a notice of withdrawal from the Rome Statute.

The PCICC said it is a group composed of individuals and corporate entities that campaigned for the Philippines to become a state party to the Rome Statute, an international treaty that established the ICC.

In its plea, the coalition said President Rodrigo Duterte “gravely abused his discretion" in unilaterally withdrawing from the treaty signed in December 2000 and ratified in August 2011, violating the Constitution in the process.

Duterte ordered the Philippines' withdrawal from the Rome Statute after the ICC announced in February that it would begin its preliminary examination into charges of mass murder against him in connection with his controversial war on drugs.

The first petition to void the notice of withdrawal from the ICC was filed by opposition senators Francis Pangilinan, Franklin Drilon, Bam Aquino, Leila De Lima, Risa Hontiveros, and Antonio Trillanes IV.

Source: news.abs-cbn.com

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