Oral arguments on petition vs. the Philippines’ ICC withdrawal reset anew
MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court En Banc once again rescheduled the oral arguments for the consolidated petitions questioning the legality of the government’s move to withdraw the Philippines from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
From August 7, the SC reset the debate to August 14. This is the second postponement since its initial schedule on July 24 when the high tribunal directed the government to answer the petitions filed by six senators seeking to void the Philippines’ ICC withdrawal without concurrence from the Senate.
SC Public Information Office Chief Theodore Te made the announcement during a media briefing on Wednesday (July 4).
The High Court, meanwhile, directed Solicitor General Jose Calida to comment within five days from the notice on Senator Leila de Lima’s request to personally appear during the debate.
De Lima is among the senators who filed the petition asking the SC to proclaim as invalid the Philippines’ withdrawal from ICC’s establishing treaty without the concurrence of the Senate which ratified it in 2011.
But a Makabayan lawmaker doubted that the SC will grant the lady senator’s appeal even if it is her legal right to assert as a party to the petition.
“Siguro may merit ang pagigiit ng kanyang karapatan na maibahagi niya ang anumang personal na alam niya doon sa petisyon , pero doon sa integridad ngayon ng SC…they will not allow Sen. De Lima to be present in any international venue,” said Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao.
(Perhaps there is merit in asserting her right to share her personal knowledge about the petition. But with the integrity now of the Supreme Court…they will not allow Sen. De Lima to be present with any international venue.)
Named respondents in the petitions were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, and Permanent Philippine Mission to the UN Teodoro Locsin, Jr. and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo.
Palace earlier said they will not cooperate with ICC’s preliminary examinations on government’s war on drugs. – Mai Bermudez
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