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Duterte willing to submit to investigation—Palace

/ 03:24 PM October 14, 2016
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his address to a Filipino business sector in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. Duterte has been under criticism by international human rights groups, the United Nations, European Union and the United States for the more than 3,000 deaths of mostly suspected drug-users and drug-pushers in his so-called "War on Drugs" campaign since assuming the presidency on June 30. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. AP FILE PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte is willing to be investigated by the International Criminal Court (ICC) as Malacañang reiterated that the spate of killings in the Philippines was not state-sanctioned.

“Drug-related killings, including vigilante killings, are not state-sanctioned. Many of those who died were killed during legitimate police operations which are currently undergoing investigation as directed by the President,“ Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.

Andanar was responding to the comments of Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the ICC, saying the office would begin to “closely” monitor the developments in the country on reports of alleged extrajudicial killings.

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“Even the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights who conducted a legislative probe on extrajudicial killings has been quoted as saying that ‘there is no proof that the killings were state-sponsored,’” he said.

READ: No proof of state-sponsored drug killings, Gordon says

The Palace official said Duterte was open for an investigation.

“In any case, the President has articulated that he is willing to submit himself for an investigation before any body,” he said.

Duterte has  sent an invitation to the United Nations, the United States and the European Union to come to the Philippines and probe the killings under his administration’s brutal war on illegal drugs.

On Friday, the chief prosecutor of the ICC said her office would begin to “closely” monitor the developments in the Philippines on reports of  extrajudicial killings. RAM/rga

READ: ICC to closely monitor PH for killings under antidrug campaign

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