Rodrigo Duterte: ICC prosecutor goals to reopen Philippines drug struggle investigation


The court had suspended the investigation in November at Manila’s request, with Philippine officials citing their own investigations into the killings. Governments can ask the ICC to defer a case if they are implementing their own probes and prosecutions for the same acts.

“After a careful and thorough review of all the information provided by the Philippines, as well as other information available publicly … I have concluded that the deferral requested by the Philippines is not warranted, and that the investigation should resume as quickly as possible,” Prosecutor Karim Khan said in a statement.

According to Philippine government data, security forces killed 6,117 drug dealers in sting operations from the time Duterte took office in 2016 until the end of April 2021.

ICC prosecutor suspends probe into Philippines drugs war

Rights groups say authorities have summarily executed drug suspects, but police say drug dealers fought back violently.

Former ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, who stepped down last year, had said during her tenure…