SOLICITOR General Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday said a memorandum circular (MC) from President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. enjoining all government agencies from implementing any arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC) against former president Rodrigo R. Duterte is no longer necessary.
In a text message, Guevarra said Marcos’ public statements could already be considered as directives to all government agencies.
“The President’s repeated public statements are as good and effective as any written memorandum circular,” Guevarra pointed out.
Guevarra made the statement in response to Duterte’s spokesman lawyer Harry Roque’s appeal to the President to issue a presidential memorandum circular prohibiting all agencies under the Executive branch, such as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) from cooperating with the ICC.
Roque said the circular should highlight that any engagement or coordination with the ICC would violate the country’s sovereignty and national jurisdiction.
In his media interviews, the President had reiterated that the ICC has lost jurisdiction over the Philippines after Duterte decided to withdraw its membership in 2019. Joel R. San Juan
He also assured that the government would not cooperate with the ICC’s ongoing proceedings in connection with the crimes against humanity filed against Duterte and several of his allies.
Duterte is being accused of ordering a bloody anti-illegal drug war that led to thousands of human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings.
“Let me say this for the 100th time. I do not recognize the jurisdiction of ICC in the Philippines. I do not, I consider it as a threat to our sovereignty. The Philippine government will not lift a finger to help any investigation that the ICC conducts,” Marcos earlier said.