Duterte led the destruction of 14 used luxury vehicles from Japan and South Korea worth an estimated P27 million. The vehicles had remained unclaimed since 2014 due to an executive order that prohibits the importation of used vehicles to the Philippines.“This condemnation of these smuggled vehicles demonstrates our firm stand to put an end to a longstanding societal disease that has eroded public trust and tainted the government’s sincerity to deliver equitable social services,” Duterte said in his prepared speech. “The destruction of these contraband luxury vehicles signifies our strong resolve to restore good governance, preserve our nation’s dignity, and safeguard our people’s welfare,” he said.mong those destroyed were a Maserati Quattroporte, Porsche 911 GT3, BMW Alpina B12, BMW Z1, Opel Manta, Renault 5, and 8 Mercedes Benz cars. Some 841 vehicles at Cagayan’s Port Irene could also suffer the same fate. Their documents are still being reviewed.
MANILA – The chief lawyer of President Rodrigo Duterte claimed on Thursday that the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) “Rome Statute” does not recognize the Philippine Constitution, justifying the country’s withdrawal from the treaty. Speaking to ANC, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said among the provisions of the Constitution the Rome Statute ignores is the immunity of the President from suits, which for him is equivalent to “fraud.” “There is such thing as rescission of contract when there is fraud. Where is fraud there? When we enter into that agreement, it presupposes that the Rome Statute will recognize our Constitution but it does not,” he said.Asked if the tough-talking Duterte is scared of a possible formal investigation by the International Criminal Court , as some critics say, Panelo said, “I don’t think so.” The President is [a] tough fighter, very courageous in facing the odds against him,” he said. “He is a lawyer. And we, lawyers, are trained to be strictly observant of the constitution says. The law says there is no Rome Statute to speak of.” Duterte, who is accused of crimes against humanity before the ICC, earlier dared the ICC to indict him and said he was willing to “rot in jail” or go on trial to defend the war on drugs.Since it was set up in July 2002, the ICC has received over 12,000 complaints or communications. Nine of these cases have gone to trial and six verdicts have been delivered. In the interview Panelo said the ICC violated the “complementarity” rule when it started a preliminary examination on the charges against Duterte related to his war on drugs. Under the rule, the ICC can only investigate a case if domestic courts are unable or unwilling do so. The lawyer said a preliminary examination already means the ICC is exercising jurisdiction.