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Lawyer withdraws ICC filing vs Duterte

lawyer withdraws icc filing vs duterte - Lawyer withdraws ICC filing vs Duterte

LAWYER JUDE Josue L. Sabio will withdraw the communication he filed in April 2017 before the International Criminal Court against President Rodrigo R. Duterte. Lawyer Lorenzo G. Gadon, who assisted Mr. Sabio “for moral support,” told reporters in a mobile-phone message that Mr. Sabio “did not approve what (former senator Antonio F.) Trillanes (IV) and other LP (Liberal Party) personalities have resorted to aimed at besmirching the honor of the President.” Mr. Sabio filed communication against Mr. Duterte before the ICC in April 2017. He served as the legal counsel of Edgar D. Matobato, who testified in Congress that he was part of the hit squad led by Mr. Duterte. A portion of Mr. Sabio’s letter, a copy of which was sent by Mr. Gadon, asks the ICC that the communication “be erased from the record, and that it should not be used in any way in the ongoing preliminary examination.” It also says: “I also fervently request that the legal matter pending with your office in relation to the war on drugs in the Philippines should be set aside and thrashed for being just a part of the political propaganda of Senator Trillanes, Senator de Lima, and the LP-led opposition of which I do not wish to be part of.” The Philippines withdrew from the ICC in March last year after Prosecutor Fatuo Bensouda announced in February 2018 that it will conduct preliminary examination on the alleged crimes against humanity committed by the President in connection with the war on drugs. The ICC, in a December 2018 report, said it will continue the examination of the communication they received to determine if the matter is within its jurisdiction. The international body formed under the Rome Statute tackles “serious crimes of international concern” including crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide, and crimes of aggression. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas

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