By Rey G. Panaligan
A second petition challenging the constitutionality of President Duterte’s notice of withdrawal of the Philippines’ membership in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court was filed with Supreme Court yesterday.
The Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court, led by former Commission on Human Rights chair Loretta Rosales, told the SC the withdrawal violated the Constitution which requires the ratification of treaties and international agreements by the Senate.
The first petition was filed last month by Senators Francis Pangilinan, Franklin Drilon, Paolo Benigno Aquino, Leila de Lima, Risa Hontiveros, and Antonio Trillanes IV.
They said the President’s withdrawal from the ICC is invalid as it has no concurrence from at least two-thirds of the 24-member Senate.