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Philippines will not “lift a finger” to assist ICC’s drug war probe

Manila, Philippines Reuters The Philippine Government will not cooperate with the International Criminal Court’s investigation into a brutal anti-narcotics campaign, President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr, said on Tuesday. “I consider it as a threat to our sovereignty. Therefore, the Philippine government will not lift a finger to help any investigation that the ICC conducts,” Marcos told […]

Philippines will not cooperate with ICC in drugs war probe – Marcos

Philippines' President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr arrives at the ASEAN Summit held in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia, on 10th May, 2023.

Manila, The PhilippinesReuters Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr, said on Friday his government will not cooperate with the International Criminal Court’s investigation into the thousands of killings committed during his predecessor’s ‘war on drugs’. Marcos maintained the ICC has no jurisdiction over the South-East Asian country, which withdrew from the ICC in March, 2019. Philippines’ […]

ICC ruling opens way to investigation on killings in Philippines

An exterior view of the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands, on 31st March, 2021

Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Manila, The Philippines Reuters Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court have cleared the way for an investigation into thousands of killings during the Philippines’ “war on drugs”, a move families of victims and right groups hailed as another step towards justice.  In a ruling on 18th July, the ICC appeals judges rejected […]

Philippine court acquits top critic of ex-President’s “war on drugs”

Philippine police escort Leila de Lima, a senator detained on drug charges, on her way to a local court to face an obstruction of justice complaint in Quezon city, metro Manila, Philippines on 13th March 2017.

Manila, PhilippinesReuters A Philippine court on Friday acquitted former senator Leila De Lima, one of the fiercest critics of ex-President Rodrigo Duterte, of a criminal charge stemming from allegations that as a cabinet minister she received money from drug dealers. De Lima, 63, has been in detention for the past six years and despite her […]

Philippines will pursue drugs war appeal with ICC, says top government lawyer

Protesters calling to stop extra-judicial killings march towards the presidential Malacanang Palace during a protest to commemorate President Rodrigo Duterte's final year in office, in Manila, Philippines, on 30th June, 2021.

Manila, The Philippines Reuters The Philippines will pursue its appeal questioning the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction and authority to investigate killings during former President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’, its top lawyer said on Wednesday. The remarks come after President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr, said last month he would cut off contact with the ICC after […]

Philippines’ Marcos to shut out ICC after losing drugs war appeal

Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr delivers a speech on the 126th founding anniversary of the Philippines army at Fort Bonifacio, in Taguig, Philippines, on 22nd March, 2023.

Manila, The Philippines Reuters Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr, on Tuesday said he would cut off contact with the International Criminal Court after it rejected an appeal asking it to stop investigating his predecessor’s lethal war on drugs. Thousands of Filipinos, mainly low-level dealers and users, were killed by police during Rodrigo Duterte’s fierce crackdown […]

Philippine expert says some drug war death certificates falsified

Philippines Forensic pathologist Raquel Fortun

Manila, The Philippines Reuters The Philippine justice secretary pledged on Tuesday to launch an investigation after a forensic pathologist said some death certificates issued for victims of the country’s crackdown on drugs had been falsified to show they died of natural causes. The South-East Asian country has come under international pressure to hold a thorough […]

Philippines to review thousands more ‘drug war’ killings

Philippines protest over killings 2017

Manila, PhilippinesReuters The Philippines will look into thousands of killings in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, its justice minister said on Wednesday, after a review of a sample of cases indicated foul play in dozens of deadly police operations. Menardo Guevarra said his Department of Justice would expand its review to the more than […]

Philippines’ Duterte accepts 2022 vice presidential nomination

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte 2018

Manila, The PhilippinesReuters Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday accepted his party’s nomination to run for vice president in next year’s election, forging ahead with a plan criticised by rivals as a cynical move to maintain his political power.  The mercurial leader, 76, is barred by the constitution from seeking a second term and his interest in […]

Catholic bishop in Philippines condemns “extra-judicial killings” as always wrong

A Catholic bishop in the Philippines has used his Christmas message to appeal for an end to extra-judicial killings in the Asian nation, Agenzia Fides reports. The Catholic news agency reports that Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, head of the diocese of Kalookan and vice president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said in […]