Senator De Lima said President may be prosecuted by ICC

Senator De Lima said President may be prosecuted by ICC

- Senator De Lima has been very concerned about the spate of killings of drug suspects in the country

- She said that if the killings remain unabated, it may constitute as a crime against humanity, which could lead to an investigation and prosecution by the ICC

- The President has no immunity when charged before the ICC

Senator De Lima said President may be prosecuted by ICC

President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Leila De Lima

(photo credit: philstar.com)

On Monday, Senator Leila De Lima issued a statement saying President Rodrigo Duterte may face a possible investigation and prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC) due to the spate of killings happening in the country. De Lima said that such killings could constitute as crimes against humanity.

According to the Senator, while she has no intention of threatening the President, there already has “widespread” utilization of force against many civilians.

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On Monday, Senator Leila De Lima issued a statement saying President Rodrigo Duterte may face a possible investigation and prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC) due to the spate of killings happening in the country. De Lima said that such killings could constitute as crimes against humanity.

According to the Senator, while she has no intention of threatening the President, there already has “widespread” utilization of force against many civilians.

Senator De Lima said President may be prosecuted by ICC

A woman weeping beside his dead husband. (Photo credit Noel Celis / AFP News Agency via AFP Manila Facebook Page)

During the interview De Lima also mentioned that there are experts who said that if the killings remain unchecked, ICC may send a prosecutor to the country and investigate. This would be in accordance with the Rome Statute which was signed by the Philippines in August 23, 2011.

The Senator explained that one important element of a crime against humanity is “widespread” and this criterion has already been met considering that as per the August 12, 2016 “Kill List” of Inquirer, 601 drug suspects have already been killed since June 30, 2016, the day that President Duterte took office.

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Counting June 30 up to August 12, which is equivalent to 44 days, making it an average of 13 persons killed every single day.

“The element of the crime against humanity that is ‘widespread’ is already present. We have more than a hundred, almost reaching a thousand [deaths]. I think it is not debatable that it is now widespread,” said De Lima before a group of reporters.

Senator De Lima said President may be prosecuted by ICC

Go, Gen. Dela Rosa! Cheer on! (Screenshot from YouTube)

De Lima also said that although the systemic element of the crime may be hard to prove, the pronouncements of both President Duterte and Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald Dela Rosa  can be used as evidence.

According to the Senator, a two-day inquiry will be held on August 22 and 23 by the Commission on Human Rights.

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De Lima said that she is also “seeking the truth” and that she just wants to help Duterte in solving the country’s drug problem. – SD, Kami Media

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