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Bayan Muna: Duterte’s withdrawal of PH from ICC ‘ominous’ sign for human rights

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Bayan Muna partylist Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate warned on Wednesday that President Rodrigo Duterte’s withdrawal from the Rome Statute was a “grave setback to human rights and accountability.”

In a statement, the Makabayan congressman expressed alarm at Duterte’s move to remove the Philippines from the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.

“President Duterte’s withdrawal from the Rome statute is intended to escape accountability by present and even future officials for crimes committed against the people and humanity. This is ominous of an even worse human rights situation in the country,” he said.

“For all the bluster of the present administration in the manner it launched its bloody wars, this withdrawal also means that it is gravely petrified of the long arm of the law and accountability,” said Zarate.

Duterte, who is the subject of a complaint for crimes against humanity before the ICC, announced on Wednesday he was withdrawing the Philippines from the Rome Statute, which created the ICC.