Duterte insists ICC can't try him

Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 17 2018 05:02 AM

PAPUA NEW GUINEA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he does not recognize the International Criminal Court (ICC), where he is facing complaints over his administration's war on drugs.

"Sabi man nila, 'That Duterte is not a human right --- ah he is not human. He is a monster.' O hindi ako kasali sa human rights. Maghanap kayo ng korte para sa mga monster. Kayo na rin nagsabi eh,” he said in a speech before the Filipino community in the country’s capital Port Moresby, where he is attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting.

The President also questioned the qualifications of ICC judges.

"Sino ‘yung mga judges ninyo diyan? Bakit kasama ba kami pagpili nitong mga g*****, p***** i**** puti na ‘yan?... Why would I allow myself to be tried by a few idiots human beings in this world?” he said.

Duterte, however, is still checking out his options.

“Maybe after the end of my term I will catch the next available flight to reach Papua New Guinea. Magtago na lang ako doon sa bukid. I’m sure the governor can arrange for a simple living there,” he said.

“For as long as you put in line of fire my countrymen, hindi talaga tayo magkakaintindihan. Magpatayan talaga tayo. Wala akong magawa because I have to protect my country. Never mind me going to jail. If I escape in time, magkikita-kita rin tayo dito. Wala namang extradition treaty,” he added.

Duterte is facing complaints before the ICC over his war on drugs and his supposed role in the alleged death squad killings in Davao City, where he ruled as mayor for over 2 decades.

The President has withdrawn the Philippines’ ratification of the United Nations treaty that created the ICC, but it is being questioned before the Supreme Court.