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De Lima seeks to reinstate PH membership in ICC

July 02, 2022 - Saturday 7:07 PM by Tamara Morrigan Catada

Article Banner Image Photo from Leila De Lima FB page

Former Senator Leila de Lima calls on the Marcos administration to restore the Philippines' membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC).

De Lima said that this and the continued status as a State-Party to the Rome Statute would strengthen the country's defense against human rights abuses and impunity and will positively impact the country's image. 

Former president Rodrigo Duterte withdrew the Philippines' ICC membership in March 2018, following his administration's drug war's preliminary examination into the killings and human rights violations. The withdrawal took effect a year later; however, it did not affect the ICC's cognizance of the case.

De Lima was one of the petitioners in the Supreme Court case, assailing the constitutionality of such unilateral presidential action, especially without the Senate's concurrence. The court, however, dismissed the petitions for being "moot and academic."

The former lawmaker stressed that the country's membership is crucial to ensure accountability for individuals responsible for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity when national courts cannot do so.

"Our membership means a solid protection for all the Filipinos and is vital in upholding human rights of all persons, and the holding of public officials accountable to their abuses against the people they ought to serve," she added.