July 19, 2018, 5:00 am
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Duterte to ICC

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte challenged the International Criminal Court (ICC) “under what power do you summon me?”

Duterte issued the warning in a speech in Tarlac City in answer to the ICC’s demand to explain why he was preventing foreign tourist groups from staying at the world famous resort in Boracay. The resort is now under a state of calamity, as reported by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). The resort was damaged by all kinds of rubbish and dirt.

“If you don’t like to cooperate and begin to protest, you are to be faulted, you were responsible for the damage all these years, including the local officials who were all nonchalant of the problem in the island resort. You will all be arrested,” Duterte warned. “And if you put up a fight, then I’ll charge you for sedition for preventing the Philippine government to do what is good for the Filipino people.” 

“Under Article 139 of the Revised Penal Code,” he noted, “sedition is problem by those rising up ‘publicly and tumultuously’ in a bid to forcibly attain acts, including preventing the government or any public officer from freely exercising his functions or prevent the execution of any administrative order.”

Duterte pointed out that the island resort is an issue of public interest, public health, and law and order. “The time will come when it is so polluted it can no longer be of use for the next generations. It is to our interest to preserve its pristine state just like before.”

He also repeated his appeal to the courts not to interfere by issuing temporary restraining order on his plan. “Please do not make it hard for us to operate. It’s not a warning actually. I am respectfully requesting the judiciary to be sparing and making it hard for us to operate.”

Finally, President Duterte declared, “It’s either I would not believe you or I will put you to task for going against what is good for all the people!”
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