International criminal court opens initial probes into Duterte drug war

International criminal court opens initial probes into Duterte drug war

In a press conference on Thursday, Roque said the Philippines had been informed of a preliminary examination to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish that the case falls under the ICC's jurisdiction. Duterte's administration plans for the infrastructure budget to rise from 5.4 per cent of GDP in 2017 to 7.3 per cent of GDP by 2022-2023 to deal with the huge backlog of infrastructure construction. "The preliminary examination is not a formal preliminary investigation", Roque said.

According to Roque, Duterte cannot be charged for crimes against humanity since the elements of the said crime is that there should be a widespread or systematic attack directed against civilians for the mere reason that they are civilians.

Duterte made the inflammatory remarks when speaking to a gathering of former Communist rebels, insisting that his style of governance was necessary in order to sustain progress and growth in the country.

But in one case, the police were seen in a neighborhood closed-circuit television camera taking a subdued teenager away before he was killed.

'I will pay for them, no problem, ' Duterte said.
Adding that there are "no statutory timelines on the length of a preliminary examination", Bensouda stated that she will decide whether to initiate an investigation depending on the facts and circumstances of the situation. OAS has heard again and again from victims of many of the same types of abuses detailed in the Human Rights Watch report.

The Philippines President crushed $1 million worth of luxury cars as a threat to smugglers that he means business.

. "As we have shown the world, two of our past presidents went to jail immediately after their terms of office", Roque said. But the reports show that are not isolated.

The commissioner said he was hoping that the fourth and final review of the current bailout and post-bailout arrangements could be finalized by late June.

An Al Jazeera investigation revealed that police officers were involved in attempted killings of unarmed drug suspects who had already surrendered to authorities. Duterte has boasted about killing thousands of drug dealers and has told police they can kill if they believe their lives are in danger. "We all have to be vigilant and not allow this sinister plan". In the Philippines, however, President Rodrigo Duterte rules with an iron first. The prison, which was built 60 years ago, has a capacity to house 800 inmates.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte donned a hard hat on Tuesday as he watched bulldozers flatten dozens of smuggled luxury vehicles in an symbolic attempt to galvanise the fight against corruption.

He said Mr Duterte welcomed the development because it gives him a chance to clear his name. "How much more now that I am President?"

In Manila, Antonio Trillanes, the opposition senator and ICC petitioner, said the decision of the international court is a welcome news.

Pending court cases meant domestic legal processes had yet to be exhausted, and the anti-drugs campaign was a sovereign issue, he said.

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