Calida: PH justice system functions independently with or without ICC

Solicitor General Jose C. Calida on Monday said the country’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) does not have an adverse effect on the country’s justice system.

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“The Philippine justice system functions independently with or without membership in the ICC. Hence, the withdrawal of the Philippines from the Rome Statute has no effect in our justice system,” Calida said.

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Calida also said that Philippine laws sufficiently provide remedies to protect the fundamental rights of Filipinos.

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According to him, Republic Act No. 9851, or the “Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide, and Other Crimes Against Humanity,” thoroughly encapsulates the purpose and intent of the Rome Statute.

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“All the relevant protections and guarantees under the Rome Statute are provided to the Filipino people through our domestic law,” Calida said.

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“The Philippines cannot be coerced to submit to the jurisdiction of the ICC. We have validly withdrawn from the Rome Statute pursuant to Article 127 thereof. As a sovereign state, it is our prerogative to be a party to the Rome Statute or not,” he explained.

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