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Group asks SC to void PH’s withdrawal from ICC

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The Supreme Court has been asked anew to invalidate the decision of President Duterte to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

In a 51-page petition, the Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court (PCICC) pointed out the withdrawal still needs the concurrence of the Senate to become valid.

Also the group, a non-governmental organization that campaigned for the Philippines to become a party to the Rome Statute, asked the SC to order the Department of Foreign Affairs to recall the notice of withdrawal.

“The President’s unilateral edict withdrawing the membership of the Philippines in the ICC without benefit of parliamentary concurrence or approval as required under the 1987 Charter, denies Filipinos their right to redress in the event of state default from its obligations, in particular as these pertain to the commission of the most heinous international crimes against its own citizens,” petitioners said.

The first petition was filed by opposition senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Franklin Drilon, Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino, Leila de Lima, Risa Hontiveros, and Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV.

They stressed Mr. Duterte’s decision should be voided since it has no concurrence of at least two-thirds of all the 24 members of the Senate.

They argued that the Office of the President and the DFA gravely abused their discretion in withdrawing the country’s membership in the ICC without the concurrence of at least two-thirds of the Senate under Article VII, Section 21 of the Constitution.

They added that the Rome Statute is a treaty validly entered into by the Philippines which has the same status as a law enacted by Congress.

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