How ridiculously easy it is to create a global issue out of nothing using the International Criminal Court (ICC), as another leader in the mold of the reviled “strongman,” Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, was recently accused of “crimes against humanity” for “his alleged role in the destruction of the Amazon forest.”
The recent action taken by groups who are similarly inclined as the incessant critics of President Rodrigo Duterte is making it appear that deforestation leads to massive loss of lives and, at the same time, branded it as a state-sponsored action.
Mr. Duterte faces similar pressure as allegations of summary killings in connection with the anti-narcotics campaign are being pointed to as part of state policy, which has as basis the spirited speeches of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Bolsonaro’s ordeal recalls a time in 2019, when three government retirees, namely Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, sued before the ICC Chinese officials, including President Xi Jinping, who is in the strongman hitlist, for “illegal incursions in the South China Sea.”
The ICC is a favorite conduit in launching an offensive since it guarantees immediate international media mileage.
The campaign is waged by gatekeepers of the liberal democratic ideals who count among them Western billionaires who are willing to burn money to maintain the dominance of capitalist principles.
To add insult to injury, Vice President Leni Robredo then hailed the filing of the case against Xi.
“It is as if we kept our hopes alive in our hearts, showing, if not proving, that we still have the strength to fight a giant like China,” Robredo said of the complaint against Xi.
The ICC avenue thus has been clearly abused and exploited to generate propaganda for global consumption.
ICC promptly threw out the raps against Xi as it indicated it does not have jurisdiction over the Chinese officials based on the charges leveled against them.
Even with the dismissal, the anti-Duterte trio had achieved their end of drumming up the alleged illicit partnership of Xi and Mr. Duterte.
Worse, the crimes against humanity cases against Xi and, for that matter, on President Duterte were very selective.
If the allegations can be described as crimes against humanity, then complaints should also have been filed against the late Noynoy Aquino for deliberately leaving state troopers to be massacred by Muslim rebels in the 2015 Mamasapano carnage, despite the fact that the members of the police special forces begged for assistance and air power to avert a massacre.
Under the previous regime, the yellow civil socialites rejoiced over the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which favored the Philippines, but can’t be enforced since China refused to be part of the process.
Now the same forces wanted a return to power and a resumption of the propagation of Western ideals that did nothing but ensure the subservience of Filipinos to global powers.
The ICC is fighting to uphold an image of being the tribunal of last resort, which is desperation exploited by liberal democrats, represented in the country by the yellow civil society, to achieve their ends.
In the search of relevance, the ICC, in turn, has allowed itself to become a repository of domestic intrigues.