International Criminal Court In Panic Mode After Duterte’s PMA Speech

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (The Adobo Chronicles, Berlin Bureau) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has gone into panic mode after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he will convince states to withdraw from the international body.

Earlier, Duterte announced the Philippines was withdrawing from the ICC.

“I will convince everybody now under the treaty: Get out! Bastos ‘yan (That is rude)! It is not a document that was prepared by anybody. It is an EU-sponsored [treaty],” Duterte said in a speech on Sunday before graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in Baguio City.

ICC officials interrupted their weekend personal plans and reported for work, trying to make phone calls to heads of state of ICC members in an apparent move to discourage countries from following Duterte’s lead in withdrawing from the international court.

In Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump was asked by reporters about Duterte’s call for states to withdraw from ICC.  Trump simply said, “ICC got what it deserved.”

The U.S. is not a signatory to the Rome Statute creating the ICC.

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