MANILA, Philippines — Families of people who died in President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody “drug war” are making an urgent appeal to International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, who ends her term of office on June 15. Bensouda's office is conducting an preliminary examination into allegations made against the Duterte administration to determine whether to go forward with an investigation. They told the ICC prosecutor that an investigation would serve the interest of justice and allow witnesses as well as the victims' relatives to give their testimony. In his statement, the justice chief implied that it was a national investigation, but this may be “an avoidance tactic to render the situation in the Philippine inadmissible before the ICC,” they noted. Guevarra said that their initial review found that in more than half of the operations, police failed to follow standard protocols.
Source: Philippine Star June 14, 2021 03:33 UTC