Read: Pro-Duterte should not worry about ICC – Peachie Defensor (sister of MDS)




"REASONS WHY PHILIPPINES SHOULD NOT WORRY ABOUT ICC
By Peachie Defensor (sister of MDS)

I am wondering whats the big fuss about Matobato’s lawyer filing a complaint before the ICC. Thousands of letter complaints are filed and we never hear of them again.

The tribunal has no money. On the contrary, it has taken a loan. It has also gone through several waves of retrenchment.

First, are they sure the Prosecutor will file charges based on the obvious money-fueled testimony of an assassin for hire?

Why don’t we write ICC Prosecutor Bensouda and the ICC judges instead not to intervene in Philippine affairs because THEY ARE SIDING WITH THE waning OPPOSITION WHICH WANTS TO OVERTHROW A LEGAL HEAD OF STATE in violation of the Constitution?

The history of the tribunal is one of injustice to African states. How many white heads of states have been convicted anyway? ZERO. It is now faced with threats of withdrawal by South Africa and several others. We have seen the chaotic jurisprudence of this tribunal and the accusations of witness coaching by intermediaries, the focus on destroyed stones and monuments while neglecting the persecution of an ethnic group , and the WTH neglect of sexual violence!

Second, the ICC has no jurisdiction due to complementarity and the difficulty posed by immunities of heads of states in customary international law which is often in the Constitutions of states. Is it legal for a tribunal to intervene in a country where there are pending charges against both accuser and accused for the same subject?

Al Bashir, the President of Sudan, who has a longstanding warrant of arrest is freely travelling to African countries in broad daylight and no one is even taking him in custody! Duterte pa? He is loved in the streets, all the way to the mountains. He has a popularity of 70-80%. He is my friend, he is our president and we must defend him because instability in the country hurts everyone who has a brain!

I thank Duterte for disciplining taxi drivers at the international airport out of fear that he might order their arrests for holding up innocent tourists or duping them out of their precious travel money and for the first time, the toilets in the international airport now have running water and paper towel. The only airport that used to look it was devastated by war – no water in the closet, no paper, but there is water flowing on the floor. Go figure.

Third, a situation is not a case in International Criminal Law and preliminary examination is not the same as preliminary investigation. A preliminary examination can be a table survey of which letter complaint to read. And the Prosecutor must scale piles.

Fourth Who will gain from publicity of a case in the ICC? Not the Philippines but individuals with vested interests for a short time until their plunder and corruption cases go to trial. This is one area that needs improvement in our criminal justice system. LETS GIVE THEM THEIR DAY IN COURT NOW. Otherwise, let heads roll!

Fifth, it highlights a reality - the ICC cannot bring peace between warring groups in a state if the tribunal sides with 1 group in a chaotic corrupt society. We can talk lengthily about the cases from Africa and rough justice or the shadows of complementarity. So why pick on the Philippines? The intervention of a foreign tribunal will only prove a roadblock to peace and stability in the country and the ICC is already facing criticism for favoring 1 group over another in African states. There are cases of crimes against humanity against the most powerful countries of the world and complaints have been filed against heads of states engaged in a series of wars in some jurisdictions. Will we ignore that?

Let Duterte finish his term in peace and then let him defend himself if a case for impeachment prospers. As to other officials, our courts are functioning.

Much is expected from this President. He has much work with the peace agreement with the Reds, another peace agreement in war-torn Mindanao, cries of justice among both victims and believers of Martial Law, the disillusionment with EDSA and the corruption it brought, and the many pending cases on plunder. Only a Filipino can bring peace to the Philippines. Not a tribunal perceived to favor rich countries. And if ever they choose the Philippine situation, we are just here at The Hague and we will defend the President. He IS the lawful head of state and he is not even 1 year in office. If Duterte cant come up with a peace agreement, no one else will. After all, he is from Mindanao and he is our only hope for a PEACE AGREEMENT in a conflict that has spun centuries.

Sen. Miriam said we have no sense of shared destiny. Let that ring loud and clear to both government officials and citizens. WE MUST HAVE A BRAIN when it comes to saying whats best for the country. Anyone who speaks must know whether they speak for the majority or not. If the people have spoken, the opposition's turn comes in the next elections. If you are discontented, the courts are there and functioning and dont tell me the opposition didnt use them as it suited them when they were in power. So instead of spreading fear and an atmosphere of instability, gather your evidence and go to court. Those who spread fear cannot convice the majority with facts. It is a comic representation of Armageddon because no one has seen it.





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1 comment:

  1. Thanks you madam for speaking the real political situation in the country only the Filipinos themselves can bring peace. PRRD is rare leader brave,honest and patriotic his love of country is true. After him it will take the country another hundred years to
    have another leader like him, like Heneral A. Luna or worst never at all.God has given us this unique man to us Filipinos,therefore we should take care of him and defend him at all cost.

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