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Minority senators want oral arguments on ICC suit reset

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The Supreme Court has been asked to reset the oral arguments on petitions challenging the decision of President Duterte to withdraw the country from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

In a motion, opposition senators Kiko Pangilinan, Franklin Drilon, Bam Aquino, Antonio Trillanes IV, Leila De Lima and Riza Hontiveros urged the SC to defer the oral arguments set for August 14 to August 28.

The senators claimed that they still
have to receive a copy of the en banc’ decision junking De Lima’s bid to personally argue the case.

“Petitioners-Senators, through Senator De Lima requested a copy of the
resolution from the Office of the Clerk of Court but they were informed that such resolution is not yet available,” they said.

At the same time, they stressed that they would also seek a reconsideration of the said en banc’ resolution but that they would
only be able to address it and file a motion after they received an official copy of the resolution.

In dismissing De Lima’s plea, the SC said it found no compelling reason to have the detained senator personally appear during the conduct of oral arguments.

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