In her article on the inclusion of Vice President Inday Sara Zimmerman Duterte Carpio in the International Criminal Court investigation on human rights abuses in the Philippines, veteran journalist Ellen Tordesillas possibly unveiled the reason why Duterte Carpio attempted to unseat President Bongbong Marcos through a now failed attempt to wrest the House Speakership and initiate impeachment proceedings that she hopes would lead to his ouster.
The article in Vera Files reads:
Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio and two incumbent senators were named in documents submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigating the killings related to the drug war during the previous administration and when Duterte was mayor of Davao City, a copy of the documents obtained by VERA Files shows.
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The vice president’s name was mentioned as knowing and approving the killings when she was city mayor, a post that her father held for more than 20 years. Sara was mayor from 2010 to 2013, and from 2016 to 2022.
A person knowledgeable of the ICC probe said she could be issued a “summons” by the ICC. If she would not comply with the summons, she would be issued a warrant of arrest.
This is the very first time the name of Sara has been mentioned in documents relevant to the ICC investigation.
(Read the full article here.)
The article presents substantial evidence implicating Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio, former President Rodrigo Duterte, and two incumbent senators in the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) investigation into the drug war-related killings during Duterte’s administration. The inclusion of high-ranking officials in the investigation highlights the seriousness of the allegations and the need for accountability.
Respecting the International Criminal Court and cooperating with its investigations is essential for upholding international human rights standards. By actively participating in the ICC’s proceedings, the Philippines can demonstrate its commitment to justice and the rule of law. This will not only contribute to addressing past human rights abuses but also help in preventing future violations.
One of the significant advantages of regaining an international reputation for compliance with international human rights standards is the potential for economic benefits. By showing a genuine commitment to human rights and justice, the Philippines can attract foreign investments, foster stronger international relations, and enhance its global standing. Investors and international partners are more likely to engage with a country that respects human rights, leading to economic growth and stability.
The inclusion of Sara Duterte-Carpio’s name in the ICC investigation is particularly significant. As a former mayor of Davao City, she held a position of authority and influence during the alleged extrajudicial killings. If the ICC issues a summons for her, it will be crucial for her to cooperate with the court’s proceedings. Failure to comply with the summons may result in a warrant for her arrest, highlighting the international community’s commitment to ending impunity for human rights abuses.
Similarly, the mention of Senators Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa in the investigation raises important questions about their involvement in the alleged crimes. If sufficient evidence is found against them, they too could face arrest warrants from the ICC. This underscores the need for a thorough and comprehensive investigation that includes all individuals responsible for human rights violations, regardless of their positions or affiliations.
The ICC’s forthcoming judgment on the appeal by the Philippine government will provide further clarity on the jurisdiction and continuation of the investigation. It is vital for the government to respect the ICC’s decision and fully cooperate with the court to ensure a fair and impartial proceeding. Doing so will demonstrate the country’s commitment to upholding international law and sending a strong message that human rights abuses will not be tolerated.
The inclusion of high-ranking officials in the ICC’s investigation emphasizes the importance of respecting the International Criminal Court and its pursuit of justice.
By actively participating in the proceedings, the Philippines can regain its international reputation as a country that respects human rights, potentially leading to economic benefits and stronger international relations.
It is imperative for all individuals implicated in the investigation, including Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio, Senators Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, to fully cooperate with the ICC to ensure a thorough and comprehensive investigation.
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