Duterte, Dela Rosa told to skip European countries

ANN/THE STAR – The International Criminal Court (ICC) is expected to continue its Philippine “drug war” probe, and former president Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Ronald dela Rosa have been offered this piece of advice: Avoid European countries for now.

Philippines Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla yesterday said keeping away from countries “where the ICC may be able to influence the judicial system” will be good for the respondents in the crimes against humanity complaint before the international tribunal.

“We will offer advice not to travel to countries where the ICC may be able to influence the judicial system,” Remulla said during a press briefing, referring to Duterte and dela Rosa.

“Don’t go to a place where the ICC can intervene. In the Philippines, they can’t really interfere here. In other countries, if we think there is a concern, we talk first if about to leave and there may be a problem. Because they’re citizens of the republic who also need our protection, so we have to tell them, advice about,” he further explained.

When asked to specify which countries the respondents should avoid, Remulla replied: “Perhaps European countries.”

On Tuesday, the ICC decided to deny the Philippines’ appeal against its investigation of the bloody war on drugs which started during the term of ex-president Duterte.

Dela Rosa was appointed by Duterte as chief of the Philippine National Police and among the principal implementers of “Oplan Tokhang,” the main anti-drug campaign of the previous administration.

During the press conference yesterday, Remulla expressed his opposition to the ICC ruling and even reminded the international tribunal that the Philippines has a working legal system.

Combo photo shows former Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte, Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla and Senator Ronald dela Rosa. PHOTO: THE STAR
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