Broadcaster Korina Sanchez is among those who are dismayed by President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to withdraw the Philippines from the treaty that created the International Criminal Court (ICC).
In her March 20 column for Pilipino Star Ngayon, Sanchez wondered what Duterte would do next after withdrawing from the Rome Statute.
“Anong isusunod, aalisin na rin tayo sa UN, dahil kritikal din kay Duterte? Tila lahat ng mga sinabi ni Duterte ay wala ring saysay,” she said.
Sanchez, wife of former senator Mar Roxas, noted that Duterte has made several statements that he took back or did not make good of.
“Nandyan ang pamilyar na ‘jetski’ hinggil sa pag-angkin ng China sa mga isla sa karagatan. Walang nangyari. Ilang beses ding narinig si Duterte na magpahayag na hindi siya takot sa ICC, at magsampa na sila ng kaso kung gusto nila. Ngayon ito,” she said.
Duterte cited the “baseless” attacks allegedly aimed at him as reason for the country’s withdrawal as a party to the Rome Statute.
The withdrawal came weeks after the ICC announced it is conducting a preliminary examination on the Philippines to determine if the police committed human rights abuses in connection to the war on drugs.
Sanchez, however, said the administration has nothing to fear if it is confident that the drug war is being conducted in accordance with the law.
“[K]ung ang laging sinasabi ng administrasyong ito na kung may nakikitang paglabag sa batas, korapsyon o katiwalian ay magsampa ng kaso, ano pala ang takot nila sa kasong isasampa ng ICC, kung meron man, kung inosente sila sa mga akusasyon?” she said.