Philippines’ Duterte will ‘die first’ before facing ICC


MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s top legal adviser has lashed out at the International Criminal Court’s decision to investigate allegations of crimes against humanity during his bloody war on drugs, accusing the body of being used as a pawn by the popular leader’s political opponents as an election nears. Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo alleged Thursday that The Hague, Netherlands-based international court was “being utilized as a political and propaganda apparatus by those usual suspects who will do anything to dethrone the president from his seat.” Duterte’s spokesman says the president says “he’ll die first before he faces any international courts.” 

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