China sa ICC: Wag mapulitika, igalang ang soberenya ng Phl

With the Philippines showing more vivid signs of strengthening alliance with China, the Chinese Government have asserted its full support to the Philippines’ decision to withdraw ratification of the Rome Statute which created the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The Philippines have already submitted a notice of withdrawal on March 16, 2018 addressed to the U.N. Secretary General with the effectivity to take effect a year from date of receipt.
ICC, however, plead for a reconsideration by stating: "The court encourages the Philippines to not follow through with the reported intention to withdraw, as it is an important State Party to the Rome Statute, and as such an integral part of the international criminal justice system aimed at ending impunity for and helping prevent the gravest crimes under international law," in an email sent to recently.

In a press briefing, Chinese Foreign Minister Spokesperson Lu Kang also encouraged the international community to give more understanding and support to efforts involving the country’s internal affairs such as President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs, instead of pointing fingers and casting blames.

“China always maintains that the ICC should respect the sovereignty of nations, act cautiously and avoid being used as a political tool,” Lu said.

“China believes that a sovereign country has the right to say no to political manipulation under the cloak of law,” he added.

Beijing has acknowledged the President’s crackdown on illegal drugs noting that the country’s public safety and security have improved dramatically since the operation began which is seen to gradually creating a ‘sound environment for the Philippines’ economic development and its people’s peaceful life.’


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