THE HAGUE, Netherlands (The Adobo Chronicles, Paris Bureau) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) today junked the petition filed by Antonio Trillanes and Gary Alejano accusing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte of crimes against humanity.
ICC issued its decision not based on the merits of the petition but on technicality.
The joint petitioners represented themselves as a Filipino couple, even displaying their marriage certificate in front of the ICC seal in the international body’s headquarters in The Hague.
ICC found the couple’s petition as void since same-sex marriage is not legal in the Philippines.
A spokesperson for ICC told The Adobo Chronicles that the action by Trillanes and Alejano constituted fraud and an unacceptable disrespect for the international body.
This all puts to rest the ICC Prosecutors request to start an investigation into the alleged extra-judicial killings committed by the Duterte government in connection with its war on illegal drugs.