The ICC has no business meddling in our country

Th International Criminal Court must realize by now that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte hardly fits into the mold of the criminal tyrants that it needs to prosecute and convict.

Why?

How can you call a leader who is so well-loved by his people at a time when the term “lameduck” should be hanging heavy on his chest?

We have seen criminal tyrants in the world, and we know how repugnant their deeds have been. But these tyrants murdered their people on a whim, often on account of religious beliefs. We have seen wholesale massacres that didn’t spare women, children and the elderly. Such leaders must indeed be held to account for their evil acts.

President Duterte, however, is not like that. If there are victims of extra-judicial killings, a vast majority of them can be attributed to their involvement in illegal drugs and criminality. Fighting illegal drugs is a messy chore. Bloodshed is always an accessory to the trade, with many killings perpetrated by the syndicates. The Filipino people know that, and President Duterte is being accused of encouraging police action to eliminate drug pushers, they apparently support and condone it.