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CICC urges President Arroyo to send the Rome Statute to the Philippine Senate
28 Apr 2008
CICC Convener William Pace addressed a letter to Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo urging her government to send the Rome Statute to the Senate for deliberation. Although the Philippines signed the Rome Statute, it has yet to ratify the treaty. The letter highlighted that the ICC could be an option to seek redress when serious crimes under the jurisdiction of the Court are committed against Filipino nationals and explained that the ICC might handle cases involving Filipinos only "if the host state where the crime was committed was a state party to the ICC or when the perpetrator was a national of a state party, and if and when such state is unable or unwilling to try such case." The letter also urged that the Philippines, as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, should demonstrate its commitment to international instruments by ratifying treaties, including the Rome Statute, and stressed that given the Philippines crucial role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as in the whole Asian region, doing so would set a remarkable example for its neighbors. Evelyn Balais-Serrano, Asia Pacific Coordinator for the CICC, and former Akbayan partylist Representative Etta Rosales, now the co-chairperson of the Philippine Coalition for the ICC, also signed the letter.