Wag kampante! Lagman advises Duterte not to dismiss ICC. Here’s why

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Albay 1st district Rep. Edcel Lagman has a friendly advice to President Rodrigo Duterte: Don’t be so sure that the International Criminal Court (ICC) can’t get you.

“The Duterte administration must not dismiss with cavalier attitude the possibility of the International Criminal Court (ICC) taking jurisdiction over charges against President Duterte for involvement, enticement and/or condonation of extrajudicial killings related to the deadly campaign against the drug menace which may be considered crimes against humanity,” he said in a press conference Tuesday (March 14)

Lagman is part of the “Magnificent 7” opposition bloc, a group that has consistently criticized Duterte for leading a bloody anti-illegal drug war as well as for cultivating a “culture of death” in the Philippines.

Lagman told the reporters in the presser that the ICC may take over the investigation of these extrajudicial killings if state agencies can’t be trusted to do an honest-to-goodness inquiry.

“Such state-initiated investigations, prosecutions, and trials should not be a mere facade, but rather an impartial, honest, and good faith investigation, prosecution, and trial.

“Otherwise, the ICC can step in, pursuant to the principle of complementarity, if the Philippines is shown to be unwilling or unable to investigate, prosecute, and try in good faith,” explained the white-haired politiko.

“The Philippines ratified the Rome Statute of the ICC on 30 August 2011. We became the 117th state party to this treaty, the second ASEAN country to do so,” he noted.

Lagman said that the local counterpart of the Rome Statute is Republic Act No. 9851, titled “Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity.”

The law was enacted on December 11, 2009.