On an election year, think of the ways an international probe can be turned and twisted to benefit the opponents of the administration in what is shaping up as an “anyone but Duterte” movement.
As the International Criminal Court (ICC) insisted on a probe on the signature war on drugs, former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said President Rodrigo Duterte is correct in barring probers from meddling in the affairs of the country.
Enrile noted the ICC has no jurisdiction since the country has a functioning judiciary, and the President is mandated by the Constitution to enforce the laws.
Last 15 September, ICC authorized an official probe into a crimes against humanity complaint over the war on drugs based on information manufactured by yellow attack dog Antonio Trillanes IV.
Trillanes is summoning from the netherworld his minions Edgar Matobato and Arturo Lascañas in preparation for the investigations, likely to take place overseas, for the proceedings that are part of an elaborate stunt.
Enrile, who has been in public service probably longer than anybody else in the planet, sees through the agenda, and said the ICC probers should not be allowed to enter the Philippines to conduct a formal investigation into the government’s anti-narcotics campaign.
“If they come, they should be prevented from entering the country. The Bureau of Immigration must not allow them to come in. They are persona non grata,” Enrile noted.
Filipinos should instead defend President Rodrigo Duterte from critics and detractors supporting the ICC’s probe.
“They cannot investigate the President of the Philippines. They do not realize that he’s authorized by the Constitution to enforce the laws,” Enrile noted.
The ICC is acting beyond its mandate since the country’s highest elected official can be held accountable through the process of impeachment, and there is no need for the ICC to step in, the veteran senator said.
The nation should make an effort to protect the President as a “symbol of statehood,” he added.
“It is Congress which can impeach our President, but when he is persecuted by foreigners, we must band together to support the President, a symbol of our statehood and who is not an ordinary person, and throw out any foreigner who casts any doubt on the authority and nobility of our President,” he added.
Based on Enrile’s views, the ICC and Duterte’s critics and detractors seem to compensate each other to further their “political agenda” as both are seeking to be redeemed from ignominy.
ICC’s investigation is not expected to amount to anything, since the courts are ably prosecuting the cases that are the basis of the complaints.
It will, however, create a lot of vicious noises for the opposition in the run-up to next year’s May elections.