House solons urge PH gov't to cooperate with ICC in drug war probe
House solons urge PH gov't to cooperate with ICC in drug war probe
House solons urge PH gov't to cooperate with ICC in drug war probe
by Ellicia Del Mundo22 November 2023
FILE PHOTO: Protesters calling to stop extra-judicial killings march towards the presidential Malacanang Palace during a protest to commemorate President Rodrigo Duterte's final year in office, in Manila, Philippines, June 30, 2021. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

House solons filed a resolution urging the Philippine government departments and agencies to "extend their full cooperation" to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in its probe into the alleged crimes against humanity during the Duterte administration's war against drugs campaign.

Under House Resolution No. (HRN) 1482 filed on Nov. 21, Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman stated that the ICC prosecutors' probe "would be an effective transitional justice mechanism to exact accountability from the responsible for massive human rights violations."

He added that this will "provide the victims the necessary remedies and reparation, as well as guarantees of non-repetition."

Lagman cited that the Philippines' withdrawal as a state party to the ICC in March 2019 "does not affect the liabilities of individuals charged before the ICC for acts up to this date."


"The ICC's jurisdiction was reinforced by the Supreme Court of the Philippines while it rendered a judgment specifying that: "Further, the ICC retains jurisdiction over any and all acts committed by government actors until March 17, 2029," he added.

Meanwhile, Quezon City 6th District Rep. Bienvenido Abante Jr. and 1-Rider Partylist Ramon Rodrigo Gutierrez filed HRN 1477 which also urges the Philippine government departments and agencies to cooperate with the ICC.

Abante and Gutierez likewise cited that the ICC "retains jurisdiction with respect to any alleged crime that occurred on the territory of the Philippines" despite the Philippine government withdrew as a state party.

Last October, Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin 'Boying' Remulla said they would study the renewed calls to the government to allow the International Chamber to probe the drug war.


Following this, the Magdalo group called on the Marcos administration to allow the ICC to launch a probe into the blood war against drugs and held former President Rodrigo Roa Duterte accountable.

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