Duterte dares ICC: Hang me

Will even be the one to put the rope around his neck

rodrigo duterte for president

If the International Criminal Court (ICC) will declare him guilty of crimes against humanity due to the series of drug-related killings, President Rodrigo Duterte said he would be “glad to go” and will even be the one to put the rope around his neck.

Speaking before Isabela officials and villagers during the campaign rally of PDP-Laban senatorial candidates at the Francisco L. Dy Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday evening in Cauayan City, Duterte said, “For all the things that I have said, ordered and done, I am willing to put (the rope around) my neck about this”.

Duterte, who said last year that he would be ready to die by firing squad, had earlier ordered the withdrawal of the Philippines’ membership in the ICC. The withdrawal will take effect on March 17.

Reiterating his stand that the ICC has no jurisdiction over him, Duterte claimed that the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the ICC, is not enforceable in the country because it was not published in a government publication or any newspaper of general circulation in the Philippines. (PNA)

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