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War on drugs: Philippines' Duterte quits International Criminal Court

There has been growing international pressure on Duterte about his country's war on drugs, which caused the deaths of thousands

IANS  |  Manila 

Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: Reuters
Rodrigo Duterte. (Photo: Reuters)

Rodrigo said he plans to withdraw his country from the Criminal Court (ICC) after it began examining the country's drugs war.

"It is apparent that the ICC is being utilised as a against the Philippines," said. He slammed "baseless, unprecedented and outrageous attacks on him and his administration by the UN, the reported.

"I confirm that the has directed the to give notice that (the is) withdrawing as a state party to the Rome Statute of the ICC," Duterte's said.

Roque's statement came a few minutes after Duterte's office issued a draft statement on the move.

"I therefore declare and forthwith give notice that the is withdrawing its ratification of the Rome Statute effective immediately," said in the draft statement.

The ICC in February began examining alleged crimes committed during the controversial anti-drugs crackdown. ICC said the court would be looking at reports of extrajudicial killings.

She stressed that the examinations by the ICC -- based in -- were "not an investigation" but a process of examining information "in order to reach a fully informed determination on whether there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation".

A statement from the said the ICC inquiry was "in violation of due process".

There has been growing pressure on Duterte about his country's war on drugs, which caused the deaths of thousands.

Police claimed they killed nearly 4,000 drugs suspects, while rights groups suggest the figure could be far higher.

First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 16:36 IST