Trillanes mulls questioning Philippines' ICC exit before Supreme Court

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 05 2018 04:38 PM

MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday said he may question the government's plan to break away from the International Criminal Court before the country's Supreme Court.

Trillanes, a staunch critic of the administration, said the pronouncement by President Rodrigo Duterte was invalid without concurrence from the Senate.

"I maintain my position that it is void from the start dahil nakalagay ‘yun na kailangan natin na sa pagpasok at paglabas sa treaty, kailangan ng ratification or concurrence ng Senado," he told reporters.

"Later on, maaari tayong mag-file ng petition sa Korte Suprema to question the validity of such withdrawal," he said.

He said the Supreme Court of South Africa, when the executive branch also wanted to withdraw its ratification of the Rome Statute, decided that legislation has to support the president's announcement.

Trillanes said he was not yet certain when he would file the petition before the Supreme Court since it would need rigorous research.

The former mutineer, along with Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, filed a supplemental complaint against Duterte before the ICC in support of the communication submitted by lawyer Jude Sabio over allegations of crimes against humanity in relation to the war on drugs.

The ICC in February announced it would begin its “preliminary examination” into the complaint. 

- report from Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN News