International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan rejected on 22 September the request of the government of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr, to stop the resumption of the court’s investigation on crimes against humanity allegedly perpetrated by the past Rodrigo Duterte regime. In a 21-page statement, Khan rejected as “having no merit” the arguments of the Marcos II regime that cite lack of jurisdiction, admissibility and complimentarity.

Khan said the Manila government did not demonstrate “that it has conducted or is conducting national investigations or prosecutions that sufficiently mirror the investigation authorized by the Chamber.”

Local and international human rights organizations report that from 12,000 to 30,000 Filipinos have been killed in relation to Duterte’s ‘anti-drug’ war. These killings continue under the current regime, already claiming at least 79 victims, including three minors.