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Catholic leaders criticise Duterte’s withdrawal of Philippines from ICC

Several Philippine Catholic leaders criticised President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision that he was withdrawing the country from the International Criminal Court, which is investigating his international war on drugs.

“The Philippines is not Duterte,” said Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, head of the Episcopal Commission on the Laity. His remarks were reported by

The bishop said the president’s decision only showed that there might be a basis for the allegations levelled against him.

“(He) is afraid of accountability. Duterte should be investigated,” said Bishop Pabillo. reported Bishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon said the president might be “simply afraid” of a possible conviction for his “crimes against humanity.”

“His withdrawal … is an act of cowardice that makes his name more infamous,” added the prelate.

Picture: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte views the destruction of smuggled luxury vehicles in Santa Ana, Philippines, on 14th March. (CNS photo/handout, Rolando Mailho-Ho via EPA).