Congratulations for your continuing adherence to the demands of public awareness on basic issues. And there is one today – the growing conflict between the Philippines and the International Criminal Court of ICC !!! The ICC desires to investigate the alleged “crimes” committed during the previous administration of Past President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on his so-called WAR-on-DRUGS, even as far back to the years that he was City Mayor of Davao City, that allegedly resulted to several deaths and severe abuses. Necessarily, this is based on the assumption that our judicial system did not and cannot address the same adequately. This is too presumptuous and very insulting to our dignity as a State and member of the community of nations. Several countries have fallen due to the overriding influence and Power of Drug Lords. Several are still suffering today. We cannot and must not allow our country to be counted among them. What PPRRD did was to protect the people and our children’s children from that menace. Many times local governments were controlled and dictated upon by Drug Lords. We have lost many to their abuse and cruelty. It took a PPRRD to counter them based on the law. If there has been an abuse in the Trial Courts in regard to the Drug War we have the Supreme Court to correct them. Those who embrace the ICC must necessarily assume “failure” on the part of the Supreme Court to rectify them. Have they articulated the same in the Supreme Court??? Has the ICC examined our Judicial System and decided failure of the same? And what ability and capacity has it to make such a conclusion??? Is the ICC composed of “super jurist”? OF COURSE NOT!!! The people, especially we in Mindanao, must rise in defense of our Judicial System. And we must continue supporting the government in it’s War on Drugs. Let no foreigner dictate on us unless and until we have become HOPELESS. And we are not!!!
By PDG Constantino
Governor 2006-2007, Rotary District 3870, Philippines
Constantino “Tinnex” Jaraula, serves as Mayor of Cagayan de Oro City from 2007 to 2010. He also served as representative of Cagayan de Oro’s at-large congressional district during the 11th, 12th, and 13th congresses.
During the 11th Congress, Jaraula’s first act was filing a resolution seeking to amend the 1987 Constitution through a constitutional convention.