ICC chamber OKs PH drug war probe

The International Criminal Court’s pre-trial chamber authorized on Wednesday the start of the investigation on the country’s controversial war on drugs. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 15) — The International Criminal Court’s pre-trial chamber authorized on Wednesday the start of the investigation on the country’s controversial war on drugs.

According to the Court’s 41-page decision, it has allowed “the commencement of the investigation into the Situation in the Philippines, in relation to crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court allegedly committed on the territory of the Philippines between 1 November 2011 and 16 March 2019 in the context of the so-called ‘war on drugs’ campaign.”

The document stated that the Chamber found reasonable basis to proceed with the investigation in relation to the crime of murder during the drug war from July 1, 2016 to March 16, 2019. The Prosecutor estimated that the number of civilians killed in the campaign ranged from 12,000 to 30,000 within that period.

“[A]ccording to the available information, the so-called ‘war on drugs’ campaign did not incorporate any formal, reviewable decision-making system, and did not afford interested and affected persons a serious opportunity to participate in the process, or to contest the claims against them,” the decision read.

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