08 May 2017

News Story: ‘Rody ICC case dead, thanks to Callamard’

By Janvic Mateo

MANILA, Philippines -  “Dead as a door nail.”

This is the fate of the complaint filed with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against President Duterte, according to Philippine ambassador to the United Nations Teodoro Locsin Jr.

The complaint was in connection with allegations of extrajudicial killings ordered or abetted by the Duterte administration in the pursuit of his war on drugs.

“Thank you, Agnes. The ICC case is dead. Trust me on this. Dead as a door nail,” Locsin said in a Twitter post, referring to UN special rapporteur for extrajudicial executions Agnes Callamard, who is in the Philippines to attend a drug policy conference.

Locsin did not offer an explanation for his claim but it was apparently a follow-up to his tweets criticizing Callamard. He accused her of abusing her position when she visited the country to attend a conference on drug policy.

“She says to attend an academic conference but she effectively disqualified herself from any further official role investigating the drug war,” Locsin said.

“She just abused her UN position and that disqualifies her from any further official role in a UN investigation,” he added.

In another tweet, Locsin called the rapporteur a “conceited fool” ignorant of the drug situation in the Philippines.

Read the full story at PhilStar