ILA International Criminal Court/ Crime

NOVEMBER 2016

Russia dealt the International Criminal Court a fresh blow Wednesday as the court’s top officials urged nations to support the tribunal hit by a wave of unprecedented defections.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to follow in Russia’s footsteps Thursday and pull his country out of the International Criminal Court, incensed at foreign criticism of his deadly drug war

The Philippines may be better off splitting from the International Criminal Court (ICC) if the tribunal interferes with the government’s bloody war on drugs, the country’s top diplomat said here on Thursday.

JUNE 2017

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Friday denounced crimes that “dehumanize” as he said the government would continue efforts to fight human trafficking for the sex trade and slavery.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday said it will consider appealing the case of a Filipina convicted for human trafficking in Malaysia.

MARCH 2019

The Philippines improved its ranking but remains to be among the lowest in a global index on the rule of law, placing 90th out of 126 in the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index 2019.

Should the International Criminal Court (ICC) decide to open a formal investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against drugs, the proceedings will be difficult to conduct after the Philippines withdraws from the ICC on March 17, according to an international expert.

THE PHILIPPINES has officially withdrawn from the International Criminal Court (ICC) as of Sunday, March 17.

The Philippines’ decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) was rather “shortsighted,” a law professor from the University of the Philippines said on Monday. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is now accepting applications for 50 nurses and 300 caregivers for deployment to Japan.

The International Criminal Court (ICC)’s preliminary examination into the situation in the Philippines will continue because the Court retains its jurisdiction over crimes committed in the context of the war on drugs while it was still a member and even after its withdrawal from the Rome Statute became effective last Sunday, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced yesterday.

APRIL 2019

China’s Ambassador to the Philippines on Monday criticized the communication sent by former Philippine officials to the International Criminal Court (ICC) against him, Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Chinese Foreign Minister.

The ICC has received more than 52 communications accusing the Duterte administration of crimes against humanity over the brutal crackdown on narcotics, which has left more than 5,000 people dead, according to police data.

AS an international treaty, the Rome Statute is powered by the consent of States, a fundamental principle of international law. Moreover, its whole normative framework is built on respect for State sovereignty, the cornerstone of international law and the guiding principle behind peaceful international relations, as recalled by the UN Charter itself.

MAY 2019

The top enforcer of a brutal war on drugs in the Philippines on Friday dared prosecutors to go after him for the deaths of thousands of people, after activists warned that his election to the Senate could insulate him from legal action.

Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales was held at the Hong Kong airport yesterday for “immigration reason,” in what her supporters believe was in retaliation for her suing Chinese President Xi Jinping before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for environmental crimes in the South China Sea.

A UN commission on crime prevention has unanimously ratified resolutions by Saudi Arabia targeting terrorism, child exploitation and cybercrime.

The International Criminal Court is studying whether or not it has jurisdiction over a communication filed against Chinese President Xi Jinping by former Philippine officials, a lawyer from their camp said Thursday.

JUNE 2019

Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario on Wednesday called for “greater urgency‘ in treating the complaint filed before the International Criminal Court (ICC) against President Xi Jinping of China, three days after a Filipino fishing boat sank after colliding a Chinese vessel in the West Philippine Sea.

JULY 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte is unafraid to face an international tribunal concerning his domestic policies, Malacañang said Thursday.

Environmental and human rights groups urged United Nations (UN) independent experts to probe the unresolved killings of environmental defenders in the Philippines after the country was tagged as the most dangerous country for environmental activists.

The wave of police killings triggered by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s murderous anti-drugs campaign continues to rage on, destroying lives and devastating communities, a report by Amnesty International reveals today. The UN must immediately open an investigation into gross human rights violations and possible crimes against humanity committed as part of the “war on drugs.”

The authorities admit 6,600 people have been killed over the last three years, though others estimate as many as 27,000 have lost their lives. The authorities claim that all those killed had fought back or resisted arrest, ignoring case after case in which witnesses say suspects were summarily executed

AUGUST 2019

SOME 400 delegates from all over the world will converge in Manila for a landmark law conference on August 22 and 23, in what Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. described as the “most important international law event that will take place in the Philippines this year.”

SEPTEMBER 2019

As the nation observes International Human Law (IHL) Day, the Department of National Defense (DND) on Monday stressed that the Philippines is reaffirming its commitment in adhering to the international accepted norms or rules of conduct of war.

OCTOBER 2019

A supplemental communication by a Church-backed group asking the International Criminal Court (ICC) to admit additional evidence in the crimes against humanity case against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in connection with his war on drugs was “contrary” to Filipinos’ “standard norm and behavior.”

NOVEMBER 2019

The Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday disclosed that two more Filipino sailors were abducted by pirates in West Africa. The DFA said the latest incident brings to 11 the total number of Filipinos being held in West Africa.

Government agents arrested in Mactan Cebu International Airport two Chinese nationals who tried to smuggle 15 kilos of dried seahorses out of the country.

Immigration agents arrested an Italian pedophile who was accused of preying on Filipino minors in the Mindanao during his frequent visits to the country, while trying to board an aircraft at the Davao International Airport.

Human rights groups filed a criminal lawsuit in Argentina on Wednesday, alleging that the government and military of Myanmar, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, have committed crimes against humanity and genocide against the ethnic Rohingya minority.

The Philippines and China have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) intended to strengthen competition law enforcement and combat cross border cartels.

DECEMBER 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: On a par with the “super drug traffickers” threat, human trafficking is giving Southeast Asian countries a big headache with the recent death of 39 Vietnamese nationals while trying to enter Britain being the latest case in point.

Malacañang said Sunday that the International Criminal Court will also decide to dismiss, for lack of jurisdiction, a motion urging the court to determine whether it is in the position to investigate complaints arising from the Philippines war on drugs.

“At the same time significant investment has been made in new highways and bridges in an out of Myanmar, Thailand, China, Laos, Bangladesh and Vietnam. This has provided a boom in movement of products like food and clothing. And drugs.”

THE Court of Appeals (CA) on Thursday has ordered the revival of criminal charges against an Italian ambassador who was indicted for allegedly molesting three minors while on vacation in the Philippines in April 2014.

The discovery of 28 abandoned human-trafficking camps and multiple unmarked mass graves in the dense jungle of Wang Kelian near the Thai-Malaysia border in May 2015 sent a shock wave through ASEAN and the rest of the world

MANILA, Philippines – A Cebu City court has sentenced Europe’s most wanted online sex offender to 20 years in prison.

JANUARY 2020

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday reported another modus operandi of human trafficking syndicates involving female victims where they pose as nannies of minor children in order to evade immigration scrutiny

International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) revealed that nine people had been arrested in Thailand, Australia and the United States (US) after investigators took down an online paedophilia ring.

MARCH 2020

SEN. Richard Gordon on Tuesday bared that since September 2018, at least 47 Filipinos and Chinese had laundered over $447 million or P22.69 billion in “dirty money” into the country.

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente announced yesterday the arrest of five foreign fugitives – four Koreans and one Japanese – in separate operations in the cities of Quezon, Lapu-lapu, and Taguig.