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Duterte says ICC case vs Xi won’t affect PH-China relations

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 08:37 PM March 21, 2019
BREAKING: Duterte says ICC case vs Xi won't affect PH-China relations

President Duterte arrives for a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in this May 15, 2017, file photo.

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said the case filed by two former government officials against Chinese President Xi Jinping before the International Criminal Court (ICC) would not affect Philippine-China relations.

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales filed a case against Xi before the ICC, saying the “atrocious actions of Chinese officials in the South China Sea and within Philippine territory’’ constitute crimes against humanity that ICC can prosecute.

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“Well, I said they are entitled to file the case,” Duterte said in an ambush interview after the 122nd Philippine Army event in Taguig, City.

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Asked if the case would affect ties between the Philippines and China, Duterte said: “No, I’m sure it won’t.”

“The Philippines is a democratic country and anybody can bring a suit against anybody but whether or not it would prosper, or whether or not we have the jurisdiction, that’s something else,” he said.

“Remember, China is not a member of the ICC,” he added. /kga

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