Fearless Duterte on ICC case: Bring it on

Bring it on. These three words has been the challenge of President Rodrigo Duterte addressed o Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to continue bringing the case for alleged human rights violations in connection with his war on drugs before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Facing reporters in Davao City after his arrival from official business in Beijing, China, the president said they are free to do it since it’s a manifestation of democracy.

Duterte issued the challenge after his allies on the committee on justice of the House of Representatives threw the impeachment complaint filed by Alejano for insufficiency in substance.

The Magdalo Rep said he was considering filing the case before the ICC for he believes that Duterte is liable for the high crimes he had committed including the 8000 drug suspects who died in his campaign against illegal drugs carried out by the Davao Death Squad when he was still a mayor.

The complaint also accused Mr. Duterte of corruption, unexplained wealth and taking a “defeatist stand” against China in the territorial row in the South China Sea.

Trillanes on the other hand said other groups could use other modes to seek justice and accountability against Duterte.

“It is true that there are deaths—is there a drug war where no one is killed?” But not in the character and kind that I was dished out, including ordering the killing of a child,” said Duterte in acknowledging allegations.

Duterte emphasized his administration was not to be blame for the deaths and investigations that were conducted cleared his name.

“Look, I was investigated by (the Commission on Human Rights) when (Senator Leila) de Lima was still the chair. I was investigated again when she was the justice secretary. And I was investigated again by the Senate. And I was investigated again by the House,” the President said.

Source: Inquirer