ICC to reopen Philippines ‘drug war’ investigations

AMSTERDAM: The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said he would seek to reopen an investigation into killings and other suspected human rights abuses during former Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called “war on drugs”.
According to Philippine government data released in June 2021, at least 6,117 suspected drug dealers had been killed in police encounters as of April 2021. Human rights groups and activists said the number could be as high as 30,000. The international court suspended its investigation into Duterte’s drugs war in November at Manila’s request.
“After a careful and thorough review of all the information provided by the Philippines, as well as other information available publicly. I have concluded that the deferral requested by the Philippines is not warranted, and that the investigation should resume as quickly as possible,” ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan said in a statement on Friday. “I have informed the Philippine authorities of my intention to file today’s application,” Khan said.
“In my letter, I made clear – and I repeat here now – that I remain ready and willing to continue the productive dialogue we have had since November 2021, and to explore ways in which, moving forward, we can effectively cooperate to deliver justice to victims in the Philippines.”
Duterte ran for president in 2016 on a single issue of fighting crime in the Philippines. After taking office on June 30, 2016, Duterte immediately launched his deadly campaign against drugs, which was described by the country’s Catholic leaders as a “reign of terror”. –Agenices