MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte's statement that his "only sin" was extrajudicial killings should be brought to the International Criminal Court, a former solicitor general said Sunday.
Lawyer Florin Hilbay said Duterte's remarks should be looked into by the ICC, which has started a preliminary examination into "crimes against humanity" charges against the President.
"Noong marinig ko ang sinabi ni Presidente, it's beyond my interpretation. It's the ICC who should decide. Ito'y isang bagay na kailangan umabot sa kanila," he said.
(When I heard what the President said, it's beyond my interpretation. It's the ICC who should decide. This is something that must be brought to them.)
Hilbay also said the issue on extrajudicial killings should unite, rather than divide the Filipinos because this is about the importance of life.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque earlier stressed Duterte's remarks should not be taken as an admission of being behind cases of extrajudicial killings.
Roque said Duterte was only referring to the "baseless allegation" of him behind these deaths when he made the controversial statement.
"That was what he meant when he made the aforesaid statement, the meaning of which is now, as always, being twisted by the perennial nitpickers of his uncommon lingua franca," he said.
"Obviously, the President being a Visayan is not adept at expressing himself in Pilipino. The President will not stop at continuing his war against illegal drugs," he added.