IF he wins the presidency, Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa will not allow the International Criminal Court (ICC) to conduct its probe over alleged human rights violations committed during President Duterte’s bloody war on drugs.
The presidential aspirant said that this stance was to protect himself as much as Duterte, who are co-accused for crimes against humanity mounted by rights victims and kin of alleged state-sponsored extra-judicial killings before the ICC.“I will not only protect President Duterte but also myself because we are both co-accused in the case there,” he said in an interview with ABS CBN News Channel when asked whether he will allow the ICC to conduct a thorough investigation.
Dela Rosa said he will allow the ICC to come to the Philippines to “observe for themselves” but he will not allow them to conduct an investigation since doing so would be a “slap” to the country’s “perfectly functioning” judicial system.
“I will allow them to come and observe for themselves. That’s a slap to our judicial system, the SC and our courts,” the senator said.
Dela Rosa was the chief of the Philippine National Police which carried out Duterte’s order.
The senator likewise belied any crimes against humanity had been perpetrated by the administration, and blatantly denied the Amnesty International’s (AI) report on the country’s drug war killings.
“Are there crimes against humanity in the country? Let’s not cite the Amnesty report. They are biased because they are fed with lies,” a visibly irate Dela Rosa said. — Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN