Miss­ing the point

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EVEN if the Philip­pines has of­fi­cially with­drawn from its mem­ber­ship with the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court based in the Hague, Nether­lands, the pre­lim­i­nary ex­am­i­na­tion into the sit­u­a­tion in the Philip­pines will con­tinue. This is the post in the so­cial me­dia (via the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court Twit­ter ac­count) of ICC pros­e­cu­tor Fa­tou Ben­souda.

It can be re­called that The Hague-based tri­bunal be­gan last year its “pre­lim­i­nary ex­am­i­na­tion” of the ac­cu­sa­tions against Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte on his al­leged crimes against hu­man­ity in re­la­tion to his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s war against drugs.

ICC pros­e­cu­tor Ben­souda is of the opin­ion that the ICC con­tin­ues to have ju­ris­dic­tion over the al­leged crimes against hu­man­ity com­mit­ted by the Pres­i­dent dur­ing the pe­riod the coun­try was still a state party to the Rome Statute. It must also be un­der­stood that the ICC or the Rome Statute as it is also called has es­tab­lished four core in­ter­na­tional crimes which are: geno­cide, crimes against hu­man­ity, war crimes and the crime of ag­gres­sion. Th­ese four core in­ter­na­tional crimes can only be “in­ves­ti­gated and pros­e­cuted where mem­ber states are “un­able” or “un­will­ing” to do so them­selves,” and, “that the ju­ris­dic­tion of the ICC is com­ple­men­tary to the ju­ris­dic­tions of do­mes­tic courts.” (Wikipedia on the Rome Statut e)

How­ever, even if the ICC will con­tinue its ex­am­i­na­tion of the al­leged crimes against hu­man­ity com­mit­ted by Pres­i­dent Duterte, they fail to com­pletely un­der­stand and com­pre­hend that, short of or­der­ing his suc­cess­ful as­sas­si­na­tion; Digong will most as­suredly con­tinue his war on drugs. This is be­cause he made a com­mit­ment to the Filipino peo­ple when he promised to wage a re­lent­less of­fen­sive against those who would de­stroy the Filipino so­ci­ety by dis­tribut­ing and sell­ing il­le­gal drugs.

Noth­ing will stop the Pres­i­dent from con­tin­u­ing his war on drugs, not the ICC or any other court or tri­bunal.

This must be made clear and by now ob­vi­ous to any­one that un­til the Pres­i­dent will step down three years from now no amount or de­gree of pres­sure or in­tim­i­da­tion will com­pel him to stop his war against il­le­gal drugs.

He has made a prom­ise to the Filipino peo­ple that he will go full force against those pro­tect­ing or dis­tribut­ing il­le­gal drugs in the coun­try and is com­mit­ted to do­ing so even if the said cam­paign will be­come his water­loo in life.

This is the point missed by the ICC. No mat­ter what other States or in­ter­na­tional tri­bunals will say or at­tempt to do Pres­i­dent Duterte has al­ready

drawn the line in the sand and is will­ing to chal­lenge any­one for what he be­lieves is the means to pre­vent the coun­try from be­com­ing a narco-state.

It is as if Digong is telling the ICC, if erad­i­cat­ing drug push­ers, drug lords and drug syn­di­cates is a crime against hu­man­ity then so be it.

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