Matobato to file charges against Duterte in international court

Matobato to file charges against Duterte in international court

- A plan to file charges against President Rodrigo Duterte is being tossed around, says Edgar Matobato's camp in a statement released on Monday, October 10

- Several lawmakers, including Ifugao representative Teddy Baguilat Jr. and Senator Leila de Lima, have forewarned Duterte of the possibility that he may be facing charges for crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court (ICC)

- Chiel Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo merely dismissed Matobato's camp's announcement, saying it was "baseless"

Edgar Matobato, the self-confessed former member of Davao Death Squad (otherwise known as DDS), announced on Monday, October 10, the possibility of filing a case against President Rodrigo Duterte at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

According to the statement from Matobato's camp, the first Senate witness, Edgar Matobato, is contemplating about charging Duterte of crime against humanity before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

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Edgar Matobato and President Rodrigo Roa Duterte Photo credit: Abs-cbn news

Some lawmakers have been hinting on the possibility of such charge against the president for the controversial rise of killings in the country since Duterte assumed the presidency.

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Just recently, Teddy Brawner Baguilat Jr., Representative of the lone district of Ifugao, had mentioned the possibility of charges for crimes against humanity after Duterte made an analogy that cited the Holocaust and his ongoing drug war.

“Noble intentions can never ever justify genocide. The President is opening himself for possible prosecution in international courts on the grounds of crime against humanity by saying he would like to slaughter three million Filipinos,” Baguilat had said.

Senator Leila De Lima had also said earlier in August that some experts have mentioned the possibility of sending in prosecutors from the ICC to investigate the unabated spate of drug-related deaths.

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"The last thing we need right now is for our dear President to be subjected to an investigation by an international tribunal like the International Criminal Court,” says De Lima.

According to the lady senator, the "widespread" element of crime against humanity was already established by the "hundred, almost reaching a thousand [deaths]" in the country.

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, however, dismissed the idea of charges for crimes against humanity, which he described as "baseless".

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