Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urge nations to quit ICC

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday urged other nations to follow his move to quit the International Criminal Court, which is examining his deadly drug war. Duterte lashed out at the war crimes tribunal days after his government notified the United Nations of his decision to withdraw the Philippines from the Rome Statute which set up the court. “I said withdraw simply because to announce to the world, and I will convince everybody now who (is) under the treaty: get out, get out. It is rude,” Duterte said in a speech to Philippine Military Academy graduates. “It is not a document that was prepared by anybody. It’s an EU-sponsored (treaty),” he added, as he criticized the court for allegedly going after “blacks”. – AFP

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