Thursday 27th April, 2017
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Int'l Criminal Court can't stop me, says Duterte

Int'l Criminal Court can't stop me, says Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he would not be intimidat­ed by the prospect of the Internation­al Criminal Court (ICC) putting him on trial over his bloody war on drugs, promis­ing that his campaign would continue and would be “brutal”.

“I will not be intimidated and I shall not be stopped just by what? International Crim­inal Court? Impeachment? If that is part of my destiny, it is my destiny to go,” Duterte told reporters on Sunday, shortly before leaving for Myanmar.

“The drive against corruption, criminali­ty and drugs will resume and it will contin­ue and it will be brutal,” he said.

“I will not be, for a moment, be out of fo­cus on that. I rose on what I promised and I will fall on that.”

More than 8,000 people have died since Duterte took office on June 30 last year, and began his anti-drugs campaign.

A third of the fatalities were killed in raids and sting operations by police who say they acted in self-defence, while the rest were killed by unknown gunmen.