Duterte on ICC filing: Let them be

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Metro  Manila (CNN Philippines, April 27) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday shrugged off a lawyer's request for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate him and his administration's drug war.

"Let them be. Nobody can stop from filing," Duterte said in his first remarks since the document was received in The Hague on Monday.

"You can even invent one and go to the fiscal's office," Duterte told reporters. He spoke to them after a joint press conference between him and Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah following their bilateral talks.

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When asked if he wanted to read the 77-page communication filed by lawyer Jude Sabio with the ICC, he declined.

"Why would I waste my time? If I go to prison, then so be it," Duterte said.

Amid allegations by international human rights group that police officers carry out extrajudicial killings, Duterte defended the police for merely carrying out his orders to kill drug suspects.

"Why would I attribute it to the police when I was the one who ordered? I have to repeat it, I think this will be the nth time, 'Go out and hunt for them. Arrest them. If you're confronted with a reaction thereby endangering your life, shoot them,'" said the President.

Duterte reiterated that the police force was cleansing its ranks on his orders, and that alleged rogue police officers are under investigation.

Sabio, the lawyer of self-confessed Davao Death Squad hitman Edgar Matobato on Monday filed a communication with the ICC in The Hague against Duterte and several top officials over what he calls "continuing mass murder" in the country.