LAST_UPDATEWed, 21 Mar 2018 10pm

Philippines To Withdraw From International Criminal Court - Duterte

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MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will issue a notice of withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC), his spokesman Harry Roque said on Wednesday,

"I confirm that President Duterte has directed the Executive Secretary to give notice that the Philippines is withdrawing as a party to the Rome Statute of the ICC," reported China's Xinhua news agency.

Roque's statement came a few minutes after Duterte's office issued a draft statement that he has decided to withdraw the Philippines from the ICC.

"I therefore declare and forthwith give notice, as the President of the Republic of the Philippines, that the Philippines is withdrawing its ratification of the Rome Statute effective immediately," Duterte said in the draft statement.