Trillanes sends videos of Duterte’s speeches to ICC

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 21 2018 09:35 PM | Updated as of Oct 03 2018 04:53 PM

MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday said he has sent videos of President Rodrigo Duterte's speeches to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which earlier announced that it will begin a preliminary examination into the government's drug war.

"Lahat ng mga speeches niya early on when he just assumed office. Lahat ng direct quotations yun, di pwede mai-spin yun," Trillanes said in a chance interview.

The opposition senator added that he has also submitted transcripts from Senate inquiries into alleged extrajudicial killings, where self-confessed hitmen Edgar Matobato and Arturo Lascañas gave their testimonies.

"Ang nasubmit natin, mga transcripts from the Senate investigations and very material siya," he said.

"And at the proper time siguro, kung magsisimula na sila ng investigation, baka lumabas din lang itong mga testigong itong nagtatago sa ngayon."

Trillanes said he is confident that the ICC's preliminary examination will proceed into an investigation.

"Oo naman dahil kung ibabasura ito, noon pa lang. Ito nagbigay na sila ng sensyales na they have enough to proceed and yung iba, ano na lang yun, formalization na lang ng mga testimony and other documents," he said. "I am confident na magtutuloy-tuloy ito."

Lawyer Jude Sabio earlier said in the 77-page communication to the ICC that Duterte had "repeatedly, unchangingly and continuously" committed crimes against humanity and that under him, killing drug suspects and other criminals has become "best practice" in the pursuit of his drug war.

Duterte, meanwhile, has said several times that he is ready to face trial after the ICC announced that it will examine crimes allegedly committed under his administration’s war on drugs