“ICC investigation vs Duterte, a glint of light amid darkness” — CPDG

“ICC investigation vs Duterte, a glint of light amid darkness” — CPDG

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — The Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG)
welcomes the International Criminal Court (ICC) pre-trial chamber’s
decision to start investigating the countless extrajudicial killings
under President Duterte.

“Civil society is heartened by the ICC’s move to authorize the
investigation on crimes against humanity committed by State actors in
the Philippines. This gives hope to the families of victims that
justice may yet prevail,” said Liza Maza, CPDG spokesperson.

The ICC is set to probe the alleged crimes committed by the Duterte
administration in the course of its War on Drugs and war against
dissent. The investigation will include killings that took place in
Davao from November 1, 2011, until June 30, 2016.

“The authorization of the pre-trial is a landmark in our years of
perseverance and push back against the Duterte administration’s
autocracy and repression. It is the direct result of victims’
collective perseverance in seeking justice. We are all looking forward
to holding the government accountable for its gross human rights
violations, especially extrajudicial killings,” Maza explained.

CPDG highlights the importance of a broad, collective unity to support
the victims and their families as well as in calling for the end of
the government’s war on drugs, war on terror, and the war on dissent. The
latter is of utmost importance since human rights violations against
human rights defenders are escalating as the 2022 elections near and
the desperation of the administration grows. Two people’s lawyers have
been killed in the past month—Atty. Rex Fernandez on August 26 and
Atty. Juan Macababbad on September 15. Human rights activists and
defenders continue to be subjected to attacks and other rights
violations.

“As the country remembers the declaration of Martial Law it is
imperative for people from all walks of life, creeds, and affiliations
to come together and stand up for truth, justice, and peace, and to
protest the current government’s tyranny which echoes the dictatorship
the people overthrew. If a past dictator was deposed through our
collective efforts, then it is possible to prosecute another one,”
Maza added. (ai/mtvn)

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