ICC pursues investigation on Duterte’s crimes


The International Criminal Court (ICC) will go through with the investigation on Rodrigo Duterte’s crimes against humanity. The court’s judges announced the decision on September 15. The investigation will cover cases of extrajudicial killings perpetrated from 2011 to 2019. The ICC judges said that the “so-called ‘war on drugs’ campaign cannot be seen as a legitimate law enforcement operation, and the killings neither as legitimate nor as mere excesses in an otherwise legitimate operation.” They added that “widespread and systematic attack against the civilian population took place pursuant to or in furtherance of a state policy.”

Meanwhile, Investigate PH, an international body composed by former parliamentarians across the world, released its third and final report on September 13. The report covers Duterte’s violations of economic, social, and cultural rights, the right to development, self-determination and peace. The group called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to immediately conduct a separate and independent investigation in the Philippines.

ICC pursues investigation on Duterte's crimes