CHR urges PBBM admin to welcome ICC probe on war on drugs

CHR urges PBBM admin to welcome ICC probe on war on drugs

By Liezelle Soriano

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MANILA — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has urged the Marcos administration to welcome the probe of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on the war on drugs and alleged extra-judicial killings.

The CHR said that the administration should view the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber decision as an opportunity to fulfill Marcos’ earlier commitment to ensuring a ‘high level of accountability’ for human issues and violations during his term.

“Let this development be a chance for the Philippines to demonstrate openness and transparency as part of the fraternity of nations that values human rights and the rule of law,” the commission said.

“We have since shared CHR’s recommendations and ways forward to the Philippine government through our 2022 CHR Report on investigated killings in relation to the anti-illegal drug campaign,” it added.

The CHR also said that investigation is an opportune occasion for the present government to “take the right track in upholding its human rights obligations, especially for those wronged and violated.”

However, the Department of Justice said the country has a well-established court of laws even as it intends to handle cases and investigations within its jurisdiction like the question on the alleged EJKs brought about by the war on drugs by the previous administration.  

(Amado Inigo/MTVN)

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