Bahag ang buntot?!
Wala na tayong mahanap na ibang salita to describe the action of Pres. Duterte on Wednesday that he is withdrawing the membership ng ating bansa sa International Criminal Court (ICC) na siyang lilitis sa kanya sa darating na mga araw over the alleged “mass murder” charges and “crimes against humanity” happening under his administration.
Duterte’s signal for a retreat from the ICC came after ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced last Feb. 8 that they have started their preliminary investigation sa mga kaso against Duterte:
“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.”
With the reaction of Duterte, Sen. Antonio Trillanes has sensed that “malapit na ang araw ng paniningil.”
The withdrawal of Duterte from the ICC has no legal effect on the cases already filed before it because according to the Rome Statute, the effectivity of the withdrawal is only a year after the notification.
Therefore, all his offenses committed as documented in the Atty. Sabio communication, as well as our own communication, which I filed together with Cong. Gary Alejano, and offenses which he may yet commit up to a year from now are still covered by the ICC.
This is but a political move by Duterte because he knows that there is no way out for him in the ICC. Hindi nya ito kayang takutin gaya ng ginagawa nya sa mga korte natin.
But let me backtrack a bit. First, he said that he is willing to be jailed for what he has done. Then, he said that the ICC has no jurisdiction and that he has not committed any crime against humanity. Now, Duterte, by withdrawing from the ICC, has practically admitted that he is guilty of the allegations filed against him.
Mr. Duterte, magpakalalaki ka at harapin mo ang mga akusasyon laban sayo. 20,000 na Filipino na ang pinapatay mo. Maliwanag yan at nasaksihan yan ng buong bansa. Malapit na ang araw ng paniningil.
Ang tanong: Ano ang ating masasabi sa withdrawal ni Duterte sa ICC?