Former PNP chief will only cooperate on ICC probe if given go-signal by DOJ
Former PNP chief will only cooperate on ICC probe if given go-signal by DOJ
Former PNP chief will only cooperate on ICC probe if given go-signal by DOJ
by Kristan Carag14 May 2024
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The International Criminal Court (ICC) will need to get approval from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct an investigation on the War on Drugs of the previous Administration before former Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albaylde will cooperate.

Albayalde stressed on Tuesday, May 14, that DOJ Sec. Jesus Crispin Remulla, as well as the whole Administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., maintains that the ICC does not have jurisdiction over the Philippines.

"Patuloy na sinasabi ng ating Pangulo na hindi niya hahayaan na manghimasok kahit sinong foreign entity sa ating hustisya dahil we have a totally, a good-functioning justice system," Albayalde said during DZRH's Damdaming Bayan.

The retired police general also mentioned the warning of DOJ against cooperating with the probe of ICC without permission from the government.


"No less than ang secretary ng DOJ natin ang nagsabi niyan na kung sinuman ang makikpag-cooperate sa ICC without the explicit permission of the DOJ or sanctioned by the DOJ, will face raps," Albayalde said.

Albayalde made the remarks after former ICC Assistant to Counsel Kristina Conti said that the name of the former PNP chief appeared in public documents as among the personalities that could be investigated for alleged crimes against community committed during the intensified campaign against illegal drugs of former President Rodrigo Duterte during his term.

Conti said that the names of former President Duterte, and incumbent Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa, the predecessor of Albayalde as PNP Chief, also appeared in the documents.

Albayalde insists that the PNP respected human rights during the War on Drugs.


"Kung makikita natin yung special instructions diyan, pa-iigtingin lang naman ang kampanya laban sa illegal drugs, at walang sinabi doon na kaliwa't kanan na patayan," Albayalde stressed.

He added that the DOJ already finished an investigation on the War on Drugs, and the probe found no irregularities.

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