During the time of the Martial Law, almost 10,000 victims of human rights violations filed a class action suit against the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos before a United States federal court in Hawaii. They were all granted $1.9 billion in damages after ruling that Marcos was responsible for widespread human rights abuses, including torture and murder.
It is in the same manner that President Duterte may be charged too. President Rodrigo Duterte could be charged with crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court (ICC) as killings of suspected criminals continue alongside the administration’s aggressive campaign against illegal drugs, an official of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said.
ICJ regional director for Asia and the Pacific Sam Zarifi as saying that lawyers are likely to gather evidence to initiate legal proceedings against Duterte as the killings continue.
“[T]he killings in the Philippines since Duterte was swept into office in the May elections are widespread and systematic, meeting the criteria under the international law of crimes against humanity that could be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.”[Source]
“I am not holding my breath for international action, but if these [killings] continue at the same velocity, I would expect cases to start popping up,”
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