Senator Risa Hontiveros has filed a resolution on Tuesday, Nov. 28, that called on the Marcos government to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into the alleged abuses committed during the drug war of the Duterte administration.
“The best way for Malacañang to show its commitment to upholding human rights is to work with the ICC in securing justice for human rights violations victims, and in upgrading mechanisms of human rights protections in the Philippines,” Hontiveros said.
“Ayon sa mga pinakahuling pahayag ng Pangulo, mukhang posible itong kooperasyon na matagal nang hinihingi ng mga biktima ng human rights violations at ng kanilang pamilya,” she added.
The senator filed the proposed Senate Resolution No. 867 following the recent statements made by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. who said that he is studying the possibility of the Philippines to return to the ICC.
“The recent pronouncements by the President, his allies and his deputies offer hope for a ‘gamechanger’ for the families of Kian delos Santos, Carl Angelo Arnaiz, Reynaldo ‘Kulot’ de Guzman, and thousands of other Filipino families seeking justice for human rights violations. Sana ay hudyat na ito ng mas matibay na pagpapahalaga ng pamahalaan sa hustisya at karapatang pantao – at hindi pakitang tao lamang,” Hontiveros said in her resolution.
Although the Philippines already withdrew from the ICC upon the orders of Duterte, Hontiveros cited in her resolution that the Supreme Court (SC) declared in the landmark ruling Pangilinan v. Cayetano that this “does not undermine or diminish the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction and power to continue a probe that it has commenced while a state was a party to the Rome Statute” and “does not discharge a state party from the obligations it has incurred as a member.”
Prior from the withdrawal, the Philippines was a state party of the Rome Statute which created the ICC.
“The Philippines has historically been at the forefront of advancing humanitarian law and international justice, and it is high time that we affirm our commitment to these values before the international community,” the senator stated in her resolution.