Pacquiao says Duterte must allow ICC probe, not block it

President Duterte should allow the ICC to conduct an investigation instead of blocking it, Senator Manny Pacquiao said.
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte should allow the impending International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into the alleged commission of crimes against humanity in the war against illegal drugs instead of blocking it, Senator Manny Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao, once Duterte’s staunch ally, said that Duterte would go against his oath of office, and even his oath as a lawyer, if he remains firm in not allowing ICC probers to investigate him.

Duterte is facing complaints before the ICC for the crime against humanity of murder, for his much-criticized drug war which has claimed the lives of over 6,000 drug suspects.
“Ang Pangulo ay nangakong ipatutupad ang ating mga batas nang umupo siya sa pwesto noong 2016. Ganito rin ang kanyang pangako nang manumpa siya bilang abugado. Di niya dapat talikuran ang mga pangako niya sa taumbayan at sa bansa,” Pacquiao said in a statement on Friday.

(The President vowed to defend the Constitution and our laws when he took office in 2016 and even earlier when he was sworn in as a lawyer. He cannot renege on his sworn duties to our people and our country.)
“Dapat ipagtanggol natin ang rule of law bilang pundasyon ng pamamahala. Kung hindi, mauuwi tayo sa anarkiya o malawakang kaguluhan, kasama na riyan ang garapalang kurapsyon,” he added.

(We must defend the rule of law as the foundation of  good governance. Otherwise,  our nation will descend into anarchy and  widespread disorder as well as unbridled corruption.)
Pacquiao’s statements are somewhat different from his remarks in 2017 and 2018, when he defended Duterte and the war against illegal drugs.  In 2017, although he condemned the killing of teenager Kian delos Santos during a drug operation in Caloocan in August 2017, Pacquiao said that he still fully supports Duterte’s drug war.
The case of Delos Santos, who was summarily executed by Caloocan policemen despite the minor not being the operation’s original target, is the only drug war death where police officers were convicted.
All three cops in the incident were found guilty of murder, as a CCTV camera footage showed Delos Santos being dragged to a dark alley before he was shot point blank.

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