Press Release
December 8, 2019

Dispatch from Crame No. 667:
Sen. Leila M. de Lima's statement on the ICC's report on its preliminary examination activities relative to PH situation


I receive the International Criminal Court's report on its preliminary examination into Mr Duterte's war on drugs as timely, significant, and highly notable news. With this report, a status report actually, our collective cause for justice and human rights has made considerable strides and ends the year for all the victims and their families on a positive, hopeful note. In like measure, we can take an optimistic view as the ICC concludes its examination in 2020.

The ICC can square with the enormity of serious information, evidence and realities on the ground, and restore the sovereign standing of justice wanting now in the country under this regime.

The dark clouds overhanging us are now wearing thin, so as those who abuse their power and mandate. They cannot simply twist the fabric of justice and expect it not to turn back at them.

May katapusan ang lahat, at sa huli, katarungan ang mananaig.

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