Roque: PH won't cooperate in ICC probe on drug war

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) — The country isn't offering the International Criminal Court (ICC) any help in its probe on the war against drugs.

This, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Monday, who said while the ICC may continue its preliminary investigation, it was "foolhardy" for it expect the government's cooperation

"For its own good, they should drop the case rather than prove to the world na inutil ang hukuman... Good luck on obtaining the cooperation of the Philippine state," he said.

[Translation: For its own good, they should drop the case rather than prove to the world that the court is useless.]

In a statement over the weekend, the ICC said it intends to proceed with its examination on the President even after his directive to withdraw from ICC immediately.

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The ICC also appealed that the country reconsider its move to withdraw from the Rome Statute, the treaty which formed the ICC.

"The appeal is too late the hero... Hindi dapat nagpasikat yang prosecutor na 'yan," said Roque referring to ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.

[Translation: The appeal is too late the here...That prosecutor should not have put herself in the limelight.]

Roque says Bensouda, in an attempt to refute criticisms that she's only been investigating African nations, launched a preliminary investigation on President Duterte who has since then urged other nations to withdraw from the ICC.

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Malacañang slammed Bensouda's examination saying it violates the principle of complimentarity which states that the ICC can only take jurisdiction over a country when local courts are unwilling and unable to operate.

Roque said, "Once that is violated, of course states will think twice about their continuing membership of the ICC."

CNN Philippines digital producers Ver Marcelo and Chad de Guzman, and senior digital producer Eimor Santos contributed to this report.