Previously, Senator de Lima and party-list Representative Harry Roque warned Duterte of an ICC indictment if the extra-judicial killings remain unabated. Check out the article here.
If you have painstakingly read through the Daily Tribune article entitled “Roque: ICC can indict Rody on drugs killings,” somewhere in paragraph 7 to 8, Rep. Roque have said this line and quote,
Even without actual or direct participation, the President can be indicted for crimes under the principle of Command Responsibility so long as he knew that such crime was being committed, and he failed to take all necessary and reasonable measures within his power to stop such acts. The ICC does not need to wait for news about the massacre of an entire town or barangay before it investigates. If the administration does not temper the methods it has been using over the past few weeks, then it is only a matter of time before the international community turns its focus on the Philippines for justice.
Meanwhile, the Facebook page named ‘Lapu-Lapu’ lamented that Senator de Lima, who is vehemently protesting the alleged extra-judicial killings under the Duterte administration, did nothing to investigate the 2,000-3,000/year victims of riding-in-tandem killings during her stint as the DOJ Secretary.
The Lapu-Lapu Facebook page cited the statistics from the PNP in highlighting the riding-in-tandem killings from 2010-2013 not including 2012 backup with article references.
》Based on PNP Report:
¤ 2010 : 1,819 victims of riding-in-tandem
¤ 2011 : 2,089 victims of riding-in-tandem
¤ 2013 : 3,000 victims of riding-in-tandem
¤ Back then, journalists and businessmen were among those murdered by hired gunmen riding in motorbikes.
¤ The above does not include yet the victims of heinous crimes–raped, robbed, and killed–by hardened criminals who are not on motorbikes but are likely high on drugs.
》 Based on Inquirer Report:
¤ 2016 (June to-date) : 144 of the 601 on ‘killed list’ were allegedly killed by unidentified gunmen; a few which were included in the kill list are, in fact, still alive; while the rest fell during police operation (buy-bust or while serving warrant of arrest)
Now, Sen de Lima who was the DoJ Secretary at the time when there were 2,000-3,000/year victims (of riding-in-tandem alone) said that PRRD may be charged with crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the spate of drug-related killings which according to her have increased since PRRD assumed the presidency.
What say you on the issue?