- Gordon said the President can order the arrest of ICC probers
- The senator explained Duterte has every right to protect the country’s sovereignty
- His statement came after Duterte threatened to arrest ICC’s Fatou Bensouda
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Richard Gordon agreed with President Rodrigo Duterte who earlier has threatened to arrest members of International Criminal Court (ICC) once they flew into the country and start an investigation on the administration’s alleged extra-judicial killings.
In a radio interview on Sunday, Gordon said the President has every right to protect the country from anyone who may try to infringe its sovereignty. The lawmaker added he himself will not sign the treaty that would make the Philippines a member of the ICC.
“Dahil diminution talaga ng sovereignty natin ‘yan e. Akalain mo, ibang bansa papasok dito, mag-iimbestiga,” explained the senator.
[Because it’s a diminution of our sovereignty. Imagine, a foreign country will come here to investigate.]
“As far as the President is concerned, he has the right to protect the country. Kapag ang mga ito ay gagawa lang ng hindi mabuti, dine-destabilize ang bayan natin, he has that right,” Gordon added.
[As far as the President is concerned, he has the right to protect the country. If these people will only interfere, they are destabilizing our country, he has the right.]
Gordon’s statement came after Duterte, in a speech on Friday, threatened to order the arrest of ICC probers; saying the Court cannot exercise any proceedings here because it’s illegal.
Duterte maintained ICC cannot exercise jurisdiction over the Philippines because the country has never become its member since its membership was never publicized in the Official Gazette.
“Ikaw (You) Ms. Fatou (Bensouda), ‘wag kang pumunta dito (don’t come here) because I will bar you, not because I am afraid of you, I said because you will never have jurisdiction over my person. Not in a million years,” the President was quoted as saying.