Complainant has right to sue Duterte in ICC –Poe

May 8, 2017 at 6:58 am Leave a comment

By Mortz C. Ortigoza
SAN CARLOS CITY – Senator Grace Poe said it was the right of the complainant to sue President Rodrigo Duterte at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
“It is the right of those who believe in the ICC  and for the respondent to answer the charges against him,” Poe stressed.
Senator Grace and Mayor bogs

GRACE IN SAN CARLOS. San Carlos City Mayor Joseres Resuelo guides Senator Grace Poe during the city’sMango- Bamboo Festival where she was guest of honor. Poe’s father, the late actor Fernando Poe Jr., hails from the city. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

Duterte was charged by lawyer Jude Josue Sabio at the ICC for crime against humanity after thousands of Filipinos were murdered in the illegal drug war launched by the President after he assumed office last year. Major witnesses against the president are self-confessed Davao Death Squad’s hit man Edgar Matobato and retired police sergeant Arthur Lascañas.
Sabio, in his 77-page complaint, accused Duterte for the murder of 9,400 people who were mostly poor young men, bystanders, children, and political opponents.
Poe, rival of Duterte in the last presidential election, welcomed the filing against the president to the international court so it can be publicly proven if there is basis for the charges against him.
“Kung merong basehan e di matutuloy. Kung walang basehan kahit sino naman puweding pumunta diyan. Basta ang importante sa ating bansa ang mapanatili natin ang rule of law at ang sistema ng maayos at para sa hustisya (If there is basis so be it. If it is baseless well anybody can file a case there,” she said.

Aside from Duterte, the other 11 respondents accused by Sabio are Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, Philippine National Police Director General Vitaliano Aguirre, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Former Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno, Police Superintendent Edilberto Leonardo, Senior Police Officer 4 Sanson “Sonny” Buenaventura, Police Superintendent Royina Garma, National Bureau of Investigation Director Dante Gierran, Solicitor General Jose Calida, Sen. Richard Gordon, and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano.

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