Here is why an International Criminal Court (ICC) case against Duterte will not progress…

Of late, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is the subject of a complaint filed before the ICC accusing him of “crimes against humanity” and Opposition has been exchanging mutual high-fives over news that the ICC has initiated “preliminary investigations” on the matter. Are the agents of the much-feared “International Criminal Court” (ICC) about to parachute into Manila and get to the bottom of the so-called “war on drugs” (a.k.a. the “war on the poor” according to the Philippine opposition)? Highly doubtful.

For one thing, there is no evidence that the Philippines’ judicial system has ceased to function. The fact that the Opposition (led by Liberal Party cohorts, a.k.a. the Yellowtards) are noisily supporting current Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno who is currently battling allegations of improper conduct on many fronts, is proof that the Opposition tacitly acknowledge that the justice system is still working.

The process the ICC will go through to assess whether or not the case is worthy to go to trial is a long one and involves determining whether (1) any crimes were actually committed (something even the Philippine Opposition struggles to prove), and (2) whether the party state failed to prosecute the crime where complaints had been filed.

As far as can be observed, neither of the above two criteria had been met by anyone accusinng Duterte of “crimes” of any sort. The only thing at work, as usal, is a global trial by media. The Yellowtards have had ample experience in the practice of using corporate media organisations to demonise their enemies as was observed during the “impeachment trial” of the late former Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2012, and going back even further.

In this current instance, the allegations against Duterte rest almost entirely on the back of what has since been revealed to be incorrect information about the extent of so-called “extrajudicial killings” being propagated by “social news network” Rappler. Columnist Rigoberto Tiglao revealed in an article published on the Manila Times how Rappler had sloppily cobbled together disparate snippets of data to come up with an inflated “death toll” figure that it then proceeded bandy around (and, as a result, lapped up and regurgitated by Western news media companies). Throughout this, Tiglao points out how the editorial leadership of Rappler had remained tight-lipped in response to requests for them to clarify the anomalies in their reporting…

I had emailed Rappler managing editor Glenda Gloria and the researcher who wrote the piece, Michael Bueza, two weeks before I wrote my exposes on their epic lie, requesting if they could clarify to me how they got the 7,080 figure. They didn’t respond at all, not even a “no-comment” or mind-your-own-business reply.

Not surprising then that a management team that had become renowned for routine lack of transparency in how they go about their business is now in trouble with the Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for failing to comply with regulations that restrict sourcing of funds in exchange for the slightest semblance of control from foreign entities. It is no wonder that mainstream news media had lost the trust of the public considering that a dishonest organisation such as Rappler had, in the last several years, so presumptuously positioned itself as God’s Gift to Philippine Journalism.

The fact is, there is no breakdown of institutional democracy in the Philippines and all duly-constituted administrative processes are channeling political power through lawful channels. This is, in fact, so unlike the preferred extraconstitutional modus operandi that has come to characterise how Yellowtards go about their business of shouting down people in government that they do not like.

If the Opposition are so convinced that it will take the intervention of a foreign entity like the ICC to sort out their country’s internal affairs, then they should act consistently with that stance and refuse to participate in any further exercise that involves institutions and democratic processes that they believe have “broken down”. Indeed, that is exactly the thinking that goes into their preferred trademark modus operandi — those so-called “people power revolutions”. In that sense, the call for ICC intervention is no different in principle to the Yellowtard “people power revolution” exercise. By inviting the ICC to do the job of the Philippine judiciary, the Yellowtards have, in principle, issued a no-confidence vote on Philippine democracy. They should not be allowed to have their cake and eat it.


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Hopefully the people of ICC will NOT be temped by the “fake news” organizations like Rappler, Inquirer, Abante, Remante, Bulgar, Reuters, etc., etc. for gathering evidences against President Duterte or else, the ICC is a “biased” international judicial court. If they really want to gather & seek the evidence(s) against our president on his alleged War On Drugs, then they should communicate directly to PDEA, DOJ Secretary Aguirre, Solicitor General, NBI & PNP and check their datas & reports, and not to the members of the Liberal Party & the corporate media. And I would like to say about how… Read more »
Robert Haighton

I dont think it matters how many were killed/shot/assassinated/butchered. What matters is, what a president (government/parliament) did to prevent it and what he did to catch the killers and did he actively encouraged to kill people who were addicts, dealers etc.

So when it comes to 2), I personally think Duterte will have a hard time to explain himself.

It won’t gain ground, but never expect less from the opposition milking this as a means to attack him and his administration, they don’t have anything to counter other than being friends with Communists and trying to take down Duterte and bring back the previous status quo while now acting like they were always “Anti-Corruption”, Daang Matuwid hypocrites. And ICC record is abysmal, if Bush and Obama can bet away with destroying countries than the only thing the ICC can do is go for soft targets like all politicized organizations do, but don’t let it stop the fact that they… Read more »

When justice is more certain and more mild, is at the same time more efficacious.


i dont think this case will prosper.The opposition just need some issues to divert the people from real problem(dengvaxia).

This is the Plan D , of the Aquino Cojuangco political axis, to grab back power, by hook or by crook. They went to the United Nations and the European Union. It did not work. The hired Calamard, as their tool. It did not work. Now, they went to the International Criminal Court. They are hoping , it will work. Unfortunately, the International Criminal Court has no power, to arrest any President or ruler of any country. It has no Police or Army. It is a “toothless dog”, to frighten heads of states. The International Criminal Court, should go to… Read more »

What I’ve read somewhere is that this case should not even be considered. Alleged EJKs and murders by Duterte should be tried in a Philippine court, not abroad. Because if ICC interferes and investigates without examination, it would be a violation of our sovereignty. Most especially if it can’t be proven that Duterte is behind the murders. Besides, if it’s criminals who are actually being killed, the ICC would ironically be defending criminals if it decides to proceed with trying Duterte.


When I first heard the news tbh I immediately thought “obvious yellow attack dog” Trillanes & co. strikes again, this time including the good senator Gordon (whom he had an argument with in the senate) and others in his schemes to bring Duterte down. Also these so-called “extrajudicial killings” are nothing more than the cowardly act of either “big fish”(criminal bosses) or the police protectors of these pushers the “little fish” putting them in silence first so they can’t tesfify against them in court before they eventually get caught in the ongoing war against drugs.

salagintong bukid

it all started in the garden of eden, the fake news. where in the hell you’ve heard a virgin gave birth, a lightning volt wrote the ten commandments on a stone, and so on. it’s in the book.

There are those who drank the flavor aid and believed 3 million users in a population of 105 million constitutes a crisis, then there are those who realised it was bullshit, dug deeper and saw the 3 million users meme came from a survey of those who had used an illegal substance at least once in their life, it was not a survey of those who were current regular users. It isn’t even a debate anymore, the president manufactured the crisis, there’s just this group of people who are so deeply invested (this sites admins) that they would rather keep… Read more »