Monday, March 7, 2011
Legarda lauded ICC President on Rome Statute briefings
SENATE OFFICE, Manila, March 8, 2011-Senator Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations lauded President of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Judge Sang-Hyun Song for a lecture on the ICC and the Rome Statute at the Senate, saying that she was honored like him as a primary resource person sharing with the committee in widening knowledge and experience in ICC and Rome Statute.
The ICC is an independent entity based on a treaty, the Rome Statute which governs its jurisdiction and functioning as well as the permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern like genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
She said that the Philippines shared the principles upon which ICC’s mandate is anchored upon where it is our fundamental duty, as articulated in our Constitution, to protect human rights, to include the right to human life and dignity, and remained steadfast in the policy to condemn and to penalize perpetrators of the most atrocious acts.
The Senator noted that the Philippines has Republic Act 9851 law that defines and penalizes crimes against international humanitarian law, genocide and other crimes against humanity as a nation that gravely condemns the most heinous acts against humans, adding that Mr. Song’s visit was greatly timely where we learned from his wisdom of ICC’s experienced.
She said that in addressing the most serious crimes of international concerns genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression, Mr. Song served as a catalyst time in the ICC’s growing role.
Legarda explained that millions of Filipinos are deployed in various parts of the world where we cannot help but be deeply concerned with the events that occur in foreign lands especially when circumstances become threats to the lives and safety of our countrymen.
“Thousands of our citizenry remain trapped in Libya in the midst of the continuing unrest, make us all the more persistent and eager in seeking ways to strengthen the protection of our citizens’ life, welfare and rights,” the Senator ended. (Jason de Asis)
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