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Roque flunks ILC bid

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Presidential spokesman Harry Roque failed to get elected to the International Law Commission (ILC) to which he was nominated by Malacanang.

Reports said that Roque was the lowest placed among the 11 nominees from the Asia Pacific region, emerging with only 87 votes out of 191 ballots cast in the Nov. 12 elections of the United Nations’ General Assembly.


Roque, a former human rights lawyer prior to joining the government, was the only nominee of the Duterte government to the ILC.


From the outset, Roque found his path to the ILC littered with obstacles because he was branded by his opponents as one of the “biggest enablers” of President Duterte, who stands accused before the International Criminal Court (ICC) of crimes against humanity in carrying out at least 8,000 killings in the state-sponsored drug war since 2016 when he assumed power.


The Bayan Muna partylist said the crushing rejection of Roque’s ILC bid can be seen as international rebuke of the human rights abuses committed by the Duterte government as well as its abysmal human rights record.


Numerous groups had vigorously opposed Roque’s ILC bid, including fellow law professors in his own alma mater University of the Philippines and various lawmakers and law practitioners, National Union of People’s Lawyers and the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG).


Protesters in New York City led by civic-minded persons took to the streets in Manhattan, where the head office of the United Nations is located, to express their dissent over Roque’s nomination which they said would be tantamount to condonation of Duterte’s bloody drug war.

Photo: Interaksyon


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