‘Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he might follow Russia’s lead and withdraw his country from the International Criminal Court (ICC). He went on to slam Western countries which have criticized his controversial ‘war on drugs’.
Speaking on Thursday ahead of his departure to Lima to attend the Asia-Pacific summit, Duterte slammed the ICC as “useless,” following criticism by an ICC prosecutor last month that the Hague-based tribunal may have jurisdiction to prosecute those responsible for deaths related to the leader’s crackdown on drugs.
Duterte said he is annoyed about the criticism he has received, and stressed that “nobody was listening” to his reasons for cracking down – which has led to the deaths of between 2,300 and 4,700 people, according to conflicting estimates.’
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