Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and lawyer Jude Sabio welcomed the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to start "preliminary examinations" into the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte prepares to receive Former Poland President Lech Walesa as the latter paid a courtesy call on the President at Malacañan Palace on January 23, 2018.
The International Criminal Court has yet to announce an investigation, nor is the news posted on its website.
"No one should claim a victory because they're only in the stage of preliminary examination", Roque added. While some of such killings have reportedly occurred in the context of clashes between or within gangs, it is alleged that many of the reported incidents involved extra-judicial killings in the course of police anti-drug operations.
"He wants to be in court and put the prosecutor on the stand", Roque added. "They have charged a sitting President, Al Basheer of Sudan, and they're not able to apprehend him because no State cooperates", Roque said.
In order to proceed, the ICC needs to open a preliminary investigation.
'Domestic enemies of the State' Roque said administration critics were behind the ICC case. The ICC's website carried no announcement or information on Thursday concerning the complaint against Duterte.
"By opening a preliminary examination, the ICC prosecutor is sending a powerful message that her office is closely tracking the Maduro government's egregious abuses", said José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch.
Much will depend on the final constitutional reform, especially the fiscal arrangements, said Alex Wolf, senior emerging markets economist at Aberdeen Standard Investments. "I'd be happy to slaughter them", he said. But the President is a lawyer.
Bensouda also said the ICC would consider allegations of violent and deadly political suppression in Venezuela committed since April 2017. The authorities are also investigating more than 2,000 other cases of "drug-related" killings by unknown suspects. He has even threatened to withdraw the Philippines' ICC membership and said lawyers in Europe were "rotten", "stupid", and had a "brain like a pea".
However, the newspaper reported that the moratorium will not impact a plan from billionaire businessman John Gokongwei to construct a giant casino on a 44-acre plot near the southern city of Cebu City. Duterte has repeatedly told police they can kill if their lives are in danger.
"Obviously this is intended to embarrass the President ... they will fail". Advocates of lifting foreign ownership restrictions have predicted a surge in investment and infrastructure spending outside central Manila and the surrounding areas, which produce around 62 percent of the country's gross domestic product.
It was not clear how long the preliminary examinations would take.
In an Aug. 2017 report, the UN Human Rights Office found that excessive force by security forces to halt demonstrations and pro-Maduro armed groups was responsible for no less than 70 deaths.
I reiterate that my Office undertakes this work with full independence and impartiality in accordance with its mandate and the applicable legal instruments of the Court.
Sabio said he felt "elated and vindicated".