Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin C. Remulla on Friday, Feb. 9, reiterated that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has no jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute any person in the Philippines.

“Our nation, as a sovereign entity, possesses the inherent right to determine our own legal framework and address internal matters without any interference from external bodies,” Remulla said.

He reminded that the  Philippines has already withdrawn as a part of the Rome Statute that created the ICC and the withdrawal took effect in 2019

“The country’s withdrawal from the ICC clearly showcases our unwavering commitment to upholding national sovereignty and preserving the integrity of our justice system,” he pointed out.

“We have consistently demonstrated our preparedness, willingness, and capability to thoroughly investigate and prosecute crimes committed within our jurisdiction, ensuring that justice prevails for all our citizens,” he stressed.

Remulla reiterated his previous statements on ICC’s lack of jurisdiction amidst concerns raised by the camp of former president Rodrigo R. Duterte over reports of issuance of warrant of arrest by the international body.

“I would like to emphasize that any presence of international bodies within the Philippines must adhere to our Constitution and relevant laws,” Remulla said.

“Our justice system is robust and functional, fully equipped to safeguard the rights of our people, irrespective of their color, race, beliefs, or creed,” he assured.

On the part of the Department of Justice (DOJ), he said the department “remains resolute in our dedication to upholding the principles of justice and the rule of law.”

“The welfare and protection of every Filipino citizen lie at the core of our mission, and we will relentlessly defend their rights regardless of beliefs or creed. Our system has proven its efficacy, and we will never forsake the victims. I declare with unwavering determination and conviction, ‘We will steadfastly fight for the rights of every Filipino’,” he added.