Philippines ICC withdrawal - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Philippines ICC withdrawal

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ICC can still go after China's Xi Jinping after Philippine pull out

Mar 27, 2019 - 5:37 PM

The question now, Batongbacal said, is if the ICC can still pursue the case since the Philippines had pulled out

Foreign delegation probing lawyer killings in PH claims heavy surveillance

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:34 PM

Both the police and the military snub the international delegation of lawyers who managed to secure interviews with prosecutors and judges

SURVEYED. The 9-man international delegation of lawyers who visited the Philippines to investigate 37 cases of lawyer killings claim heavy surveillance during their stay. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Duterte's withdrawal from ICC an 'act of desperation' – Human Rights Watch

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:11 PM

'[President Rodrigo Duterte]'s bald-faced effort to protect himself from the court’s reach looks more like an act of desperation for a man who appears deeply implicated in alleged crimes against humanity,' HRW's Param-Preet Singh says

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte waves to the guests during the ceremonial confirmation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite canvass results and oath-taking ceremony of the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority at the Malacañan Palace on February 22, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Can PH return to ICC in the time of Duterte? ‘Yes, through void ab initio’

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:56 AM

The Philippine Coalition for the ICC uses the same tactic of the Duterte administration and asks the Supreme Court to declare the withdrawal void from the start

ICC WITHDRAWAL. President Rodrigo Duterte's unilateral withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) became effective on March 17, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Int’l Criminal Court vows probe despite PH withdrawal

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:49 AM

'My Office's independent and impartial preliminary examination into the situation in the Philippines continues,' says International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

DRUG WAR. International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda vows to continue her office's preliminary examination into drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo from AFP

International probers: No effective investigation of lawyer killings in PH

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Policemen, the foreign lawyers say, are not conducting initial investigations, and prosecutors are left to wait for police reports that do not come

LAWYER KILLINGS. An international delegation of lawyers finds that here is no sufficient and effective investigation into the killings of lawyers, prosecutors and judges in the Philippines. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

ICC investigators to be denied entry, deported if they visit PH to probe drug war

Mar 18, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Any attempt to gather more information about the Duterte administration's campaign against illegal drugs will be taken by Malacañang as interference with Philippine sovereignty

PODCAST: Ang pagkalas ni Duterte at Pilipinas sa Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Ang pagkalas na ito ay tila pagbasura sa ginawang pagsisikap ng mga human rights advocates na mapasama tayo sa ICC, isang prosesong tumagal nang 11 taon

PAGKALAS. Magiging epektibo ang pagkalas ng Pilipinas sa International Criminal Court sa March 17, 2019.

Withdrawal will make ICC investigation of Philippines difficult – expert

Mar 14, 2019 - 2:20 PM

‘The ICC depends on state cooperation for matters of arrest and surrender – and this has definitely been a problem,’ says international lawyer Priya Pillai

Duterte throws out decade-long fight for the International Criminal Court

Mar 13, 2019 - 3:06 PM

It took 11 years under 3 presidents for the Philippines to finally become a member of the International Criminal Court. That ends under President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

PH out of ICC soon: Eyes on the Supreme Court to intervene

Mar 11, 2019 - 2:50 PM

‘What are at stake here are available remedies for citizens where domestic judicial and law enforcement authorities, by sheer inaction, become unable or unwilling to prosecute impunity,’ says Romel Bagares of PH Coalition for the ICC

WILL THEY DO SOMETHING? The Supreme Court of the Philippines has still not decided on petitions seeking to reverse Duterte's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court days before the withdrawal becomes effective on March 17, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Chito Gascon on PH outside International Criminal Court

Feb 06, 2019 - 3:00 PM

CHR Chairperson Chito Gascon sits down with Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug on Wednesday, February 6, to discuss what the future holds for the Philippines as a non-member of the International Criminal Court

Duterte gov't allows 'drug war' deaths to go unsolved

Jan 14, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The systematic delay in solving killings does not help the Duterte administration in a landmark legal battle before the International Criminal Court

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Arpee Santiago on importance of Int'l Criminal Court

Jan 07, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with human rights lawyer Arpee Santiago, as the International Criminal Court's Office of the Prosecutor conducts a preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines

ICC Prosecutor: We will continue to examine PH war on drugs

Dec 06, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will carry on with her preliminary examinations despite President Duterte’s withdrawal of the Philippines from the ICC

PRELIMINARY EXAMINATIONS. ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announces on December 5, 2018, that she will continue to conduct a preliminary examination into President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. Photo by Peter Dejong / AFP

Conviction of Kian's killers won't weaken ICC examination of drug war – experts

Nov 30, 2018 - 7:02 PM

(UPDATED) Of the 20,000 estimated deaths in the 'war on drugs,' the government has investigated only 76, excluding numbers from Manila, Quezon City, and Taguig

Youths groups hold a candle lighting ceremony in front of the Caloocan Community Police Station 1, in honor of slain teen Kian de Los Santos as a guilty verdict to the police suspects was handed down earlier today at the Caloocan RTC. November 29, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[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

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

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

EXPLAINER: What is the value of Belgium tribunal’s guilty verdict on Duterte?

Sep 20, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque calls it a 'sham proceeding' and 'propaganda by the Left'

'Political, personal repercussions' may await gov't officials linked to drug war

Sep 09, 2018 - 9:15 PM

These repercussions could include restricted travel and frozen assets, says international human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza

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: 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

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

[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

Climate of fear: Justice remains elusive 2 years into Duterte's drug war

Jun 28, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it has never before encountered the magnitude of killings seen under President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign. It is now struggling to keep up with investigations.

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

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

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

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

Senate OK needed in Int'l Criminal Court withdrawal? Trillanes, Pimentel clash

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says Senate concurrence in treaty withdrawals is in the 1987 Constitution 'by implication,' but Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III disagrees

File photo

Panelo grilled on withdrawal from International Criminal Court

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:32 PM

Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Panelo claims President Duterte 'doesn't have to consult' anyone about this because he 'is the chief architect of foreign policy'

ICC CONTROVERSY. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo is grilled by lawyer Emerlynne Gil about President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to withdraw the Philippines from the International Criminal Court. Screenshot from Rappler video

Int'l Criminal Court 'encourages' PH gov't to reconsider withdrawal

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The International Criminal Court also reiterates that withdrawal from the court would not change a country's obligation to cooperate in a proceeding which had already begun

PH withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court 'hasty, ill-conceived' – ICJ

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:31 PM

The International Commission of Jurists says President Rodrigo Duterte's justification for making the decision is 'a litany of poorly thought out pseudo-legal arguments and self-serving statements'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during his arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on January 26, 2018 following a fruitful visit to India, announces that India has agreed to expand cooperation with the Philippines in the areas of defense, counter-terrorism and anti-illegal drugs campaign. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

WATCH: Forum on the Philippines’ withdrawal from the International Criminal Court

Mar 20, 2018 - 8:48 AM

Watch the forum live on Rappler

A picture taken on November 23, 2015 shows the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. AFP PHOTO / ANP / MARTIJN BEEKMAN +++ NETHERLANDS OUT / AFP PHOTO / ANP / Martijn Beekman