Palace scoffs at case against Duterte to be filed at int’l tribunal in Belgium

September 19, 2018
Rodrigo R. Duterte

“THAT’S a propaganda proceeding.”

This was Malacañang’s comment yesterday on a reported move to hold President Rodrigo Duterte accountable for alleged human rights violations before an international panel of lawyers.

The complaint, according to several groups led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and Karapatan, would be presented before the International Peoples’ Tribunal (IPT) in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Karapatan noted that Sultan Hamidullah Atar of Marawi City would testify against the Duterte administration before the IPT, which is composed of international human rights lawyers acting as jurors.

“That’s not an official proceeding. That’s a propaganda proceeding,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing.

“I don’t even know who that Sultan is… I was a Ninong in a royal wedding recently and I think I met all the royal families, so to speak, although the Constitution prohibits the grant of nobility so, I don’t know who he is. That’s a sham proceeding, that is not an official proceeding, that’s for propaganda purposes,” he added.

According to Karapatan, Atar would testify about human rights violations allegedly committed by the Duterte administration against the Maranaws during the Marawi City siege, and the declaration placing the whole of Mindanao under martial rule.

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