The latest withdrawal of the Philippines from the International Criminal Court (ICC) took effect last Sunday, March seventeen, a year after we published our intent to leave the tribunal. This and other unilateral actions by President Duterte express a pattern in our international relations. That while a good many countries of the world are moving towards multilateralism, our philippines is taking the opposite direction.
Consider the President’s actions a few days ago when he terminated the appointment of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello and then 4 other members of the government’s calmness working out deals panel with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army- National Democratic Front. He says he will continue the negotiations but it will likely be “localized.” Once more, he demonstrated unilateralism whenever he set aside the 2016 Hague tribunal ruling declaring our right to the West Philippine Sea. And then , at the local level, he violated due process and the rule of laws when he launched the narco-list of local politicians.
Lots of would be considering to know that while Malacanang was eagerly anticipating final word about our freedom from the Rome statute, two former top government officials had sent in a criminal case against China before the ICC. Last March 15, 2 days before the effect of our withdrawal from the ICC, former foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario and then former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, together with some fishermen, accused China of crimes against humanity in the West Philippine Sea.