The Philippine Star reports: “Critics said the withdrawal of the Philippines’ ratification of the Rome Statute on the International Criminal Court indicated guilt on the part of President Duterte and would not affect the ICC examination of the human rights situation under his watch. And while Duterte said the withdrawal would be immediately effective, others say it would take about a year.
“Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon cited Article 127 of the Rome Statute, which deals with the withdrawal from the treaty by a state – the same provision used by Duterte in announcing his decision to withdraw the Philippines’ ratification of the statute. Under Article 127, a state shall not be discharged, by reason of its withdrawal, from the obligations arising from this statute while it is a party to the statute, including any financial obligations which may have accrued.”
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