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Friday, August 4, 2017

Law Expert to ICC: You cannot prosecute a president with very high approval ratings in his country


Oxford College of Law professor and international law expert, Dr. Alfred Sanders hit International Criminal Court over complaints of human rights violations against the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

During an international legal forum held at Munich, Germany on Friday, Sanders hinted ICC that it is impossible to file criminal complaints against a president who has a very high approval ratings in his country. Sanders was referring to President Rodrigo Duterte and the complaints filed against him by the group of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, and fellow Magdalo Gary Alejano.

Dr. Sanders said during the forum that the case filed against Duterte could be politically motivated and does not carry the voice of the majority.

Duterte's current approval rating sits at 78% which is considered "very high" according to Sanders.

"Based from the documents circulated to the delegates, the cases filed against the Philippine President was sponsored by politicians. This alone can raise many questions. Why politicians? Why not civil society groups? And based on the latest report coming from the Philippines, President Duterte's public approval rating sits at 75%. Is this the type of man who kill his own people? I'm not convinced", Sanders as quoted during his speech.

The forum was attended by more than 300 law professors from Europe and the United States, and Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte was one of the highly-debated topics.

The 72 year-old Dr. Alfred Sanders teaches doctoral law at the Oxford University in England, and received numerous awards and accolades including Knight Grand Cross, and Order of Bath. He is also one of the principal authors of The Rise of American Democracy fifth edition. /Tony Padua/

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