The Philippines officially withdrew from the International Criminal Court on Sunday, after the country’s highest court declined to overrule President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to pull out from the world’s only permanent war crimes tribunal
The extrajudicial killings in Manila later attained the attention of the The International Criminal Court,then it started investigating whether President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines committed crimes against humanity in his drug crackdown.
Romel Bagares, a lawyer for a coalition of rights activists who had asked the Supreme Court of the Philippines for an injunction against the move, said the Philippine withdrawal was “a terrible setback in the long fight against impunity in the country.”
The Philippine President earlier said that Philippine government has enough mechanisms in place to ensure the justice for everyone.
Salvador Panelo, a spokesman for Mr. Duterte, said Thursday that as far as the government was concerned, the court no longer had the authority to investigate the Philippines.