Former Philippine Police Chief Refuses to Face ICC Probe into Drug War

Former Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde refuses to cooperate with the International Criminal Court's investigation into the Philippines' war on drugs. The Philippine government, including the national police, has stated that they will not cooperate with the ICC investigation.

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Former Philippine Police Chief Refuses to Face ICC Probe into Drug War

Former Philippine Police Chief Refuses to Face ICC Probe into Drug War

Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde has stated that he will not cooperate with an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into the Philippines' war on drugs under the previous administration. Albayalde claims that the ICC has no jurisdiction over the Philippines and that any international investigation would need to follow proper protocol.

Why this matters: The ICC's investigation into the Philippines' war on drugs has significant implications for international justice and human rights, as it sets a precedent for holding government officials accountable for alleged atrocities. The outcome of this probe could also influence the Philippines' relations with the international community and impact its reputation on the global stage.

The ICC has named Albayalde and Sen. Ronald dela Rosa, former PNPchiefand implementer of the war on drugs, as possible targets of an investigation due to command responsibility. Albayalde maintains that he has nothing to hide and that he only followed legal orders during the anti-drug campaign. "It should always be through channels. Any international court or foreign entity cannot just enter and conduct such without following protocol,"Albayalde said.

Albayalde denied hearing President Rodrigo Duterte or Sen. Dela Rosa ordering police to reach quota targets by killing drug suspects. He also cited an instance where he ordered an investigation into police abuses and ensured that the officers involved were brought to justice. "I think the President made that very clear several times, that we will not cooperate. It's because we have our own functioning justice system and we are thankful for that," Albayalde added.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief, na Maj. Gen. Jose Melencio Nartatez Jr. has also clarified that no police officers in the region are cooperating with the ICC investigation. This comes after Sen. Dela Rosa claimed that one of his upperclassmen was encouraging active officials to testify against him and former President Duterte. Maj. Gen. Nartatez emphasized that they have not monitored anyone participating in the ICC investigation, citing the government's clear stance on non-cooperation with the ICC, as stated by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Former defense secretary Norberto Gonzales said that the Philippine government cannot stop the ICC from issuing anarrest, clearwarrant against former President Duterte, as the ICC is an international body that makes its own decisions. Gonzales suggested that the government could appeal to member-countries for help, but ultimately, the response to an ICC arrest warrant would depend on the government's chosen arresting officer and President Duterte's reaction.

Sen. Francis Tolentino, a Duterte ally, downplayed the claim that the ICC's arrest warrant could be coursed through the International Criminal Police Organization, citing President Marcos' promise not to allow ICC investigators to enter the country. The Philippine government, including the DOJ, has stated that they will not cooperate with the ICC, and the national police and NCRPO have reiterated their loyalty to the Constitution.