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Ambassador Libran N Cabactulan reiterates the Philippines’ commitment to support the International Criminal Court, adding that the candidature of Professor Dr. Miriam Defensor Santiago will strengthen the Court armed with her extensive knowledge and expertise in international law. The Philippine Mission in New York held a reception on October 28 to officially launch the candidature of Dr. Santiago.

29 September 2011, New York - The Philippines formally announced its candidature for a seat in the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the General Debate of the 66 th Session of the United Nations General Assembly here, renewing the country’s continued commitment to ending impunity in the Philippines and throughout the world.

In his statement delivered before the General Assembly last September 27, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan called on the Philippines’ partners and friends to support the candidature of Professor Dr. Miriam Defensor Santiago, described as “an experienced trial judge and international legal scholar, with a distinguished and long career in public service.”

Ambassador Cabactulan said the Philippines is “firm in the desire to contribute to global efforts to safeguard the world against impunity.”

Governed by the Rome Statute, the ICC is the first permanent, treaty-based international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community. It is an independent international organization and is not part of the United Nations system. Its seat is at The Hague in the Netherlands.

On September 28, the Philippine Mission held a reception to formally launch the candidature of Dr. Santiago. Diplomats from ICC States Parties, ICC officials, and representatives of civil society organizations attended the event.

In his speech, Ambassador Cabactulan quoted a portion from Dr. Santiago’s book entitled, “Political Offences in International Law,” which is one of her many publications on international law published by the University of the Philippines Law Center in 1977:

“The establishment of an international criminal court with jurisdiction over international crimes… has been repeatedly recommended. It can only be reiterated here that affirmative action on existing proposals would be timely and beneficial for the… world community.”

Ambassador Cabactulan reiterated the Philippines’ firm commitment to supporting the ICC and its work, adding that “and by putting forth the candidature of Doctor Santiago, one of the leading legal luminaries in the country, we are strengthening the Court as she would bring to bear her extensive knowledge and expertise in international law, and would help guide the work of the Court as our world and our peoples face new and difficult challenges ahead.”

Dr. Santiago is currently in The Hague to meet with members of the diplomatic corps, ICC officials, and members of the civil society. She will be coming here on October 27 with Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. Del Rosario to meet with the diplomatic community.

The Philippines deposited the instrument of ratification for the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in August this year.

“This is an historic moment for my country and my people. We have stood up against the impunity of colonial rule and of a dictatorship. This time, we stand together with the rest of the world in saying ‘never again’ to impunity, in any corner of our world,” Ambassador Cabactulan said. END




Robert E.A. Borje
Second Secretary
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