ICC holds no jurisdiction over PH—Remulla
ICC holds no jurisdiction over PH—Remulla
ICC holds no jurisdiction over PH—Remulla
by Mary Antalan10 February 2024

Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Jesus Crispin "Boying" Remulla firmly believes that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has no jurisdiction over the Philippines.

The statement was made on Friday, Feb. 10, following serious rumors that the ICC has already entered the country to conduct its investigation regarding former President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs campaign.

"As the Secretary of Justice, I firmly assert that the International Criminal Court (ICC) holds no jurisdiction over the Philippines. Our nation, as a sovereign entity, possesses the inherent right to determine our own legal framework and address internal matters without any interference from external bodies," said Remulla in a statement.

According to the Justice Secretary, not cooperating with the ICC only means upholding the country's own sovereignty and justice system.


"The country’s withdrawal from the ICC clearly showcases our unwavering commitment to upholding national sovereignty and preserving the integrity of our justice system."

He also believes the Philippine justice system is capable of conducting investigations inside its country, adding that justice will always be served for all Filipinos.

"We have consistently demonstrated our preparedness, willingness, and capability to thoroughly investigate and prosecute crimes committed within our jurisdiction, ensuring that justice prevails for all our citizens," the Justice Secretary said.

With this, Remulla stressed that the ICC should adhere to the Philippine Constitution and laws.


"I would like to emphasize that any presence of international bodies within the Philippines must adhere to our Constitution and relevant laws," he said.

"Our justice system is robust and functional, fully equipped to safeguard the rights of our people, irrespective of their color, race, beliefs, or creed," he added.

Remulla assured that the DOJ, under his leadership, will always give importance to Filipinos' welfare and protection, noting that Filipinos will be defended for their rights.

"Under my leadership, the Department of Justice remains resolute in our dedication to upholding the principles of justice and the rule of law. The welfare and protection of every Filipino citizen lie at the core of our mission, and we will relentlessly defend their rights regardless of beliefs or creed. Our system has proven its efficacy, and we will never forsake the victims. I declare with unwavering determination and conviction," he remarked.


"We will steadfastly fight for the rights of every Filipino," he concluded.

It can be recalled that in October last year, former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV Trillanes called on the Marcos administration to allow the ICC to probe the alleged crimes against humanity during Duterte's bloody drug war.

Marcos, however, asserted that he considers ICC "a threat" to the Philippine sovereignty and therefore, his government "will not lift a finger to help" any of its investigation.


Human rights organizations claim more than 20,000 people have been killed since Duterte took office in 2016.

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