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Central Africa ex-militia leader extradited to ICC for trial

Nov 17, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Central African Republic lawmaker and former militia leader Alfred Yekatom is the first to be extradited from the country to the International Criminal Court

EX-MILITIA. In this file photo taken on October 29, 2018 members of the armed forces arrest Central African MP Alfred Yekatom aka "Rambo" (C), who represents the southern M'baiki district former militia leader, after he fired the gun at the parliament in Bangui. Photo by Gael Grilhot/AFP

FACT CHECK: Duterte wrongly claims ICC judges are all 'white'

Nov 16, 2018 - 9:55 PM

But there are African and Asian judges, including a Filipino, in the International Criminal Court

[OPINION] What the ICC withdrawal is all about

Nov 03, 2018 - 3:07 PM

This controversy, at its most basic, is about one usurping the power that properly belongs to the sovereign Filipino people because he is scared of the shadow he himself has cast

Israel postpones demolition of Bedouin West Bank village

Oct 21, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor warns that Israel's planned 'evacuation by force' of the village could constitute a war crime

POSTPONED. This picture shows the village of Khan al-Ahmar in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on September 6, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Rebus sic stantibus? SC aspirant says Duterte can unilaterally withdraw from ICC

Oct 18, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Associate Dean Rita Linda Jimeno stumbles on the doctrine at first, but eventually says that rebus sic stantibus may be used by Duterte to validly withdraw from the ICC without the concurrence of the Senate

ICC ISSUE. CEU Associate Dean Rita Linda Jimeno says President Rodrigo Duterte has basis to unilaterally withdraw from the International Criminal Court. Photo from JBC

Why usual dissenter Leonen leans toward Duterte in ICC pullout case

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:45 AM

(UPDATED) It seems Leonen wants to practice judicial restraint, a long-standing debate on the Supreme Court that goes as far back to President Diosdado Macapagal

JUDICIAL DICTATORSHIP. Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen warns against judicial dictatorship if the High Court nullifies right away President Rodrigo Duterte's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Justice Carpio: Leaving the ICC will weaken Philippine stance vs China

Oct 09, 2018 - 5:54 PM

The senior justice, who says he has no more reason to decline a chief justice nomination, again challenges the policy of the appointing power, President Duterte

ICC WITHDRAWAL. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said on October 9 that President Rodrigo Duterte's unilateral withdrawal from the International Criminal Court would take away from the Philippines a "strong legal deterrent" against China. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Roque: Duterte didn't admit to anything because no such crime as EJK

Oct 01, 2018 - 5:23 PM

Malacañang uses technicalities to once more dispel assertions that President Rodrigo Duterte's remark on extrajudicial killings is an admission to a crime

3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016.

Duterte's EJK remark a joke? Robredo calls it an insult

Sep 30, 2018 - 4:54 PM

'Insulto 'yon sa napakaraming pamilya na naiwan ng mga napatay dahil sa extrajudicial killings,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

KILLING. Nanette Castillo looks at the dead body of her son Aldrin, an alleged drug user killed by unidentified assailants, in Manila on October 3, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte's EJK remark supports cases at Int'l Criminal Court – Trillanes

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:21 PM

'We would like to take this opportunity to call on the ICC to expedite the investigation of crimes against humanity committed by Mr Duterte to the Filipino people,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

GROWING FEAR. Senators say the steep decline in public satisfaction over the war on drugs shows growing fear and dissatisfaction over the bloody campaign. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte welcomes U.S. national security adviser's threats vs ICC

Sep 20, 2018 - 10:01 PM

Duterte welcomes John Bolton's words as a means of putting 'international pressure' on the war crimes tribunal, which is also currently examining if it has jurisdiction to investigate Duterte's controversial crackdown on illegal drugs

CHALLENGING THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. John Bolton image by Gage Skidmore and ICC building image by OSeveno from Wikimedia Commons. Duterte photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential photo.

International Criminal Court 'undeterred' after US sanctions threat

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:25 PM

'The ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law,' the tribunal says in a statement

THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. A picture taken on November 23, 2015 shows the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. File photo by Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

U.S. threatens to arrest ICC judges who probe war crimes

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:27 AM

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton says the US is prepared to slap financial sanctions and criminal charges on officials of the court if they proceed against any Americans

ON ICC. US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

ICC can rule on Rohingya deportations from Myanmar

Sep 07, 2018 - 12:19 PM

The International Criminal Court's 'pre-trial chamber...decided by majority the court may exercise jurisdiction over the alleged deportations of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh'

ROHINGYA. This photograph taken on September 12, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees arriving by boat at Shah Parir Dwip on the Bangladesh side of the Naf River after fleeing violence in Myanmar. Photo by Adib Chowdhury/AFP

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Ruben Carranza on holding Duterte accountable in ICC

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:00 AM

On Friday, September 7, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with international human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza to talk about the prospects of the possible case against President Duterte before the International Criminal Court

CJ De Castro: No local law that put Rome Statute in effect

Sep 05, 2018 - 8:27 AM

'I think it is conceded that we do not have any implementing legislation yet,' says the Chief Justice

Newly installed Supreme Court Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro with other justices starts the oral arguments on the withdrawal in the International Criminal Court in Manila on August 28, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

What's the relevance of the International Criminal Court to Filipinos?

Sep 04, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The ICC provides a 'safety mechanism' for Filipinos seeking redress of grievances, counsel for petitioners Barry Gutierrez says

ALL RISE. The Supreme Court hears on August 28, 2018 oral arguments on the withdrawal from the ICC. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH senators return to SC to fight for ICC membership

Sep 04, 2018 - 4:04 PM

During oral arguments, former Akbayan representative Barry Gutierrez will present on behalf of the senators. 13 years ago, former senator Pimentel asked the SC to compel the Palace to have the Senate ratify the Rome Statute.

Newly installed Supreme Court Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro with other justices starts the oral arguments on the withdrawal in the International Criminal Court in Manila on August 28, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

International Criminal Court issue will mark Duterte presidency

Sep 01, 2018 - 1:54 PM

‘He made his drug war a central point. How he handles the many deaths being committed around it will mark his presidency,’ says an international human rights lawyer

PH staying in International Criminal Court 'insurance' vs impunity

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:01 PM

It is not only a question of whether courts are working, but also if there is an effective investigation at the prosecutorial level

WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

What the ICC pullout case means for Duterte and the Supreme Court

Aug 29, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Associate Justice Marvic Leonen warns against the possibility of the High Court turning into a judicial dictator

ICC WITHDRAWAL. How high are the stakes in the petitions seeking to invalidate President Rodrigo Duterte's unilateral withdrawal from the International Criminal Court?

Carpio on ICC withdrawal, diplomatic protests, Asian Games | Midday wRap

Aug 29, 2018 - 12:44 PM

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Carpio: Duterte cannot withdraw from ICC by himself

Aug 28, 2018 - 10:00 PM

(3RD UPDATE) The senior justice again clashes with Duterte on a crucial policy. This will factor in on the talks of whether or not Carpio can be appointed Chief Justice after De Castro retires.

Justice Antonio Carpio. KASARINLAN A Philippine Foreign Policy Forum. July 9, 2018 at The Bayleaf Intramuros, Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ICC pullout: Are there limits to Duterte’s presidential discretion?

Aug 28, 2018 - 8:24 PM

‘The issue you are presenting to this Court forces this Court to make a decision between checks and balances and the powers of the President,’ says Justice Jardeleza during oral arguments

Newly installed Supreme Court Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro with other justices starts the oral arguments on the withdrawal in the International Criminal Court in Manila on August 28, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Opposition senators a no-show in ICC oral arguments

Aug 28, 2018 - 3:36 PM

The Supreme Court denies the motion for reconsideration as well as the appeal to let Senator Leila de Lima argue through video conference

NO SHOW. Opposition senators are a no show at the Supreme Court oral arguments on the withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) on August 28, 2018. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Supreme Court holds oral arguments on ICC withdrawal

Aug 28, 2018 - 2:47 PM

(UPDATED) During the SC oral arguments, watch out for references to the war on drugs, whether coming from Malacañang's side or the justices

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte faces new complaint before Int'l Criminal Court

Aug 28, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Families of drug war victims tell the International Criminal Court that President Rodrigo Duterte must be 'held to account for crimes against humanity'

SC oral arguments, Facebook bans Myanmar officials, China 2-child policy | Midday wRap

Aug 28, 2018 - 1:58 PM

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Minority senators to SC: Allow video conference for De Lima in ICC case

Aug 24, 2018 - 2:46 PM

To prove that her motion to personally appear during oral arguments is 'not a ploy to escape detention,' Senator Leila De Lima is 'willing to argue while in detention through a live video and/or audio feed'

Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday, August 2, 2018 arrives at the Quezon City RTC to attend hearing on her disobedience to summons case filed against her by former justice committee chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali . Photo by DARREN LANGIT

SC denies De Lima's appeal to join ICC oral arguments

Aug 24, 2018 - 8:44 AM

The High Court says the August 28 oral arguments will proceed as scheduled

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Supreme Court denies the request of detained Senator Leila De Lima  to personally participate in the Supreme Court oral arguments on the withdrawal from the ICC. Photo of De Lima by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

UK, Australia: Hague ruling binds Philippines, China

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:21 PM

Stressing the need for a rules-based system, the United Kingdom and Australia also 'regret' that the Philippines is leaving the International Criminal Court

AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely who paid a courtesy call on the President at Malacañang on December 19, 2016. Malacañang photo

Playing the cards right? Politics of ICC oral arguments

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Is it a good idea to bring the issue to the Court? And what added value will Leila de Lima’s personal participation bring?

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Detained Senator Leila De Lima wants to personally participate in the Supreme Court oral arguments on the withdrawal from the ICC. Photo of De Lima by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Catalogue of abuse: seeking justice for the Rohingya

Aug 13, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Different teams of investigators in the world's biggest refugee camp in Bangladesh are quietly documenting what the Myanmar Muslim minority suffered in 2017

NO HOME. In this photograph taken on November 12, 2017, women hold children at a makeshift camp in Rakhine state in Myanmar. File photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

SC denies De Lima request to join ICC oral arguments

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Supreme Court Justices Carpio and Jardeleza vote to allow De Lima's participation but are outvoted

Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday, August 2, 2018 arrives at the Quezon City RTC to attend hearing on her disobedience to summons case filed against her by former justice committee chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali . Photo by DARREN LANGIT

[OPINION] Will Philippines rejoin the International Criminal Court?

Jul 31, 2018 - 4:51 PM

The decision rests with the Supreme Court. So far, the Philippines and Burundi are outliers on International Criminal Court departure.

International Criminal Court should ‘give comfort’ to Duterte

Jul 31, 2018 - 4:39 PM

Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court lead counsel Romel Bagares says that the preliminary examination gives the government a chance to prove its competence to the ICC

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Romel Bagares on PH withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court

Jul 30, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Rappler's Marites Vitug talks to Romel Bagares, lead counsel of the Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court, on the repercussions of withdrawing from the ICC and how it can be opposed

Senate minority to SC: Allow De Lima to argue on ICC case

Jul 26, 2018 - 3:48 PM

'The issues in this case being of transcendental importance, Senator De Lima should not be prevented from personally arguing the case before the Honorable Court by mere reason of her incidental detention,' says the Senate minority bloc

Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

ICC pullout: Roque’s ex-allies take on Malacañang at Supreme Court

Jun 27, 2018 - 11:50 AM

The Supreme Court consolidates the petitions of the Philippine Coalition for the ICC and minority senators. Senator Leila de Lima also appeals to be allowed to join oral arguments.

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Iceland, 37 countries to Philippines: Let U.N. probe killings

Jun 24, 2018 - 9:40 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano hits back, saying the signatories prefer misinformation from parties 'that have politicized and weaponized human rights'

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein (2R) flanked by President of the Human Rights Council Vojislav Suc (R) speaks during the opening of the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council on June 18, 2018 in Geneva. / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN GROSCLAUDE

Additional petition filed with SC vs withdrawal from Int’l Criminal Court

Jun 13, 2018 - 11:35 AM

(UPDATED) The petition is filed by members of the Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court (PCICC), a group which Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque used to co-chair

FACT CHECK: No decision yet on Duterte in International Criminal Court

Jun 06, 2018 - 10:09 PM

The ICC is still conducting an examination regarding the communication sent to them by lawyer Jude Sabio against Duterte and his administration's 'war on drugs'

SC to hold oral arguments on PH withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court

Jun 05, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The oral arguments at the Supreme Court will be on July 24 at 2 pm

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

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May 17, 2018 - 10:41 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates his stance against corruption as he convenes with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Opposition senators ask SC to stop PH from leaving Int'l Criminal Court

May 16, 2018 - 6:25 PM

In a petition filed before the Supreme Court, 6 senators argue that the withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court needs Senate concurrence

USURPATION OF LEGISLATIVE POWERS. Opposition senators ask the Supreme Court to invalidate the withdrawal from the International Criminal Court initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Gordon: Duterte can order arrest of Int'l Criminal Court investigators

Apr 15, 2018 - 4:20 PM

'Kapag ang mga ito ay gagawa lang ng hindi mabuti, dine-destabilize ang bayan natin,' says Senator Richard Gordon, a staunch ally of President Rodrigo Duterte

Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia immunization program of the DOH on February 21, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Apr 13, 2018 - 7:41 PM

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Duterte threatens to arrest ICC prosecutor if she goes to PH

Apr 13, 2018 - 12:13 PM

'Kaya ikaw, Ms Fatou, huwag kang pumunta dito kasi I will bar you,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, addressing International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

Bring withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court to SC? Risky due to 'political atmosphere'

Apr 09, 2018 - 6:43 PM

'For human rights advocates and for those who believe that we should be a member of the International Criminal Court, there is a certain risk in bringing it to the SC given the political atmosphere where it is operating now,” CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz says

Rappler Talk: CHR's Roberto Cadiz on PH's withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court

Apr 05, 2018 - 5:02 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz on the possible impact of the withdrawal from the ICC on their work and the fight to end the culture of impunity in the country