May 22, 2024

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Big workers’ coalition stands with Archbishop Villegas; calls for PH return to ICC process

AS the nation prepares for All Souls Day, the Nagkaisa Labor Coalition joins the call of Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas and the families of victims of extra-judicial killings for the ICC investigators to be welcomed to the country. 

Ang pinakamalawak na koalisyon ng mga manggagawa ay mariing nananawagan kay Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos Jr. na buksan ang pinto ng Pilipinas  at tanggapin ang mga imbestigador mula sa International Criminal Court (ICC). Ang panawagang ito ay kasabay ng paggunita natin sa Araw ng mga Kaluluwa at pagmumuni-muni sa mahalagang pangangailangan na tugunan ang mga akusasyon ng pang-aabuso sa karapatang pantao sa kampanya kontra droga ng administrasyon ni Duterte. 

“Pacta sunt servanda” (treaties must be observed in good faith) and as a good member of the family of nations, we humbly urge the government to rejoin the ICC. Hindi dapat mag-alangan o maduwag ang gobyerno at baliwalain ang ating mga sinumpaan sa buong daigdig sa Rome Statutes.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, a respected voice of reason and compassion, made a significant statement this week, emphasizing the importance of allowing ICC investigators to enter the Philippines. He passionately urged for a thorough probe into allegations of human rights abuses associated with the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

Dagdag dito, nadulas din si Digong na ginamit niya ang confidential funds para sa pagpatay.  Naniniwala kami na ang proseso ng ICC ay hindi lamang naglalayong dalhin ang mga salarin sa harap ng hustisya kundi kasama na rin ang kompensasyon para sa mga biktima. 

Thousands of victims and their families have long been yearning for justice and reparation.

The Rome Statute, which underpins the ICC, is a victim-centered Court. Victims of  grave crimes (i.e.crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes) serving as the driving force behind its existence. In this unique system, the treaty allows victims to actively participate in ICC proceedings and receive reparations, facilitated through the Trust Fund for Victims, aimed at helping them rebuild their lives