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Death Toll in the Philippines Rises


Concerns over the death toll in the Philippines is rising within the ICC. ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda noted that their office is diligently looking for signs of officials colluding to execute the vast number of killings currently taking place. The Japan Times cited 3,000 deaths of drug suspects within the last three months alone. President Duterte has reportedly condoned these killings publicly, even suggesting that he would if necessary support killing more individuals related to drug offenses than Jews were killed in Hitler’s Germany.  Ramon Tulfo of the reported a quote from Bensouda which she issued recently:

Let me be clear: any person in the Philippines who incites or engages in acts of violence including by ordering, requesting, encouraging or contributing in any other manner, to the commission of crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC is potentially liable to prosecution before the court (18 October, 2016)


The killings of individuals in the state’s so-called “war on drugs” may not constitute the crimes under jurisdiction in the ICC. Unless a prosecutor can prove that these sanctioned crimes fall into a category of genocide, war crimes, or crimes against humanity – bringing a case may be difficult.



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