Duterte says Philippines may pull out of International Criminal Court
President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday the Philippines may follow Russia from withdrawing as a state party to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
In his speech in Davao City before leaving for Peru for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, Duterte said Russia withdrew from the ICC because it is "inutile."
"They withdrew from membership. I might follow," Duterte said.
On Wednesday, Russia has withdrawn its signature to the ICC's Rome Statute for being "one-sided and inefficient."
According to Russia 's Foreign Ministry, the ICC did not live up to the hopes associated with it and did not become truly independent.
Duterte criticized ICC for failure to address bombings, which killed children and women, in war-torn areas, such as in Aleppo and Mosul .
The Philippines is a state party to the ICC, a court which has jurisdiction over genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, since November 1, 2011, the date when the Rome Statute entered into force in the country.
ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda earlier said his office was aware of "worrying" reported extrajudicial killings of alleged drug dealers and users in the Philippines , as he warned that any person who incites or engages in acts of mass violence is "potentially liable to prosecution before the Court."
Duterte said if China and Russia would create another alliance of nations, the Philippines would participate.
"You know, if China and Russia would decide to create a new order, I will be the first to join," he said.
He also slammed the United Nations for doing nothing in the "series of war" abroad.
"The killing is endless. The mouth is flattering. That's the lesson to us. Just because it is America , it does not mean that it it good," he said, noting that UN is "dominated by the US ."
Duterte has said he was asking for a bilateral meeting with Putin at the sidelines of the APEC meeting.
Duterte may also hold a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
In the same departure speech, Duterte said his message to APEC will be clear, "the Philippines is open for business. We will do everything to make sure that business, particularly our MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises), will thrive and flourish."
He said he will highlight government policy support as well as efforts to address corruption and criminality as building blocks of a strong and resilient economy aimed at inclusive and continued growth.
"As I have said before, your government is working very hard to make sure that our economy will finally take flight. I really hope so. We are still on the runway up to now," he said.
The Philippines must harness the potentials of the APEC region to ensure that no one is left behind in the march to greater progress and prosperity, the president said.
But Duterte also warned that he might lecture other leaders if he would be criticized on the alleged extrajudicial killings in the Philippines .
"I practiced last night...I will lecture on them the finer points of civilization," he said.
Outgoing President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are also expected to attend the APEC meeting.
During the ASEAN Summit and Related Summit in Laos in October, Duterte lectured on the human rights violations committed by the US a century ago against the Moros in southern Philippines .
Obama raised concern on the increasing number of slain drug addicts in the Philippines . Celerina Monte/DMS