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Filipino group files int'l court case vs China's Xi over 'crimes against humanity' | ABS-CBN news - Mar 21 2019 04:40 PM | Updated as of Mar 21 2019 08:49 PM

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Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales joined the fishermen in filing the communication to the ICC on March 13.

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Among crimes punishable under the ICC are genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression.

China is not a state party to the Rome Statute, which established the ICC.

The Philippines effectively withdrew from the international body last Sunday, March 17, after President Rodrigo Duterte unilaterally decided to pull out amid its preliminary examination into his administration's war on drugs.

The ICC, which received the communication on March 15, has jurisdiction over crimes committed during the period the Philippines was a member of the international body from Nov. 1, 2011 to March 17, 2019, the group said.

It was during Del Rosario's time as top Philippine diplomat that the country brought China before a United Nations-backed arbitral tribunal in 2013 for incursions in the country's exclusive economic zone within the disputed South China Sea.

The tribunal, based in The Hague, invalidated China's 9-dash line claim over the waters and recognized traditional fishing rights of Filipinos in the Scarborough Shoal, an area where Beijing's patrol ships had shooed away Philippine fishermen.

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http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1065418

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Beijing ignores ICC complaint vs. Xi
March 23, 2019, 12:51 pm

In their 17-page complaint, del Rosario and Carpio-Morales said Xi and other Chinese officials should be held accountable for crimes against humanity over China's activities in the South China Sea, adding that these deprived Filipino fishermen of food and livelihood.

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Won’t prosper

Malacañang on Saturday said while it respects del Rosario and Carpio-Morales' decision to file a complaint against Xi at the ICC, it believes that the case will not prosper.

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Calling ICC attention on West PH Sea shows 'principled stand': analysts | ABS-CBN news - Posted at Mar 25 2019 04:09 PM | Updated as of Mar 25 2019 04:30 PM

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/03/25/19/calling-icc-attention-on-west-ph-sea-shows-principled-stand-analysts


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See also: Tensions flare from Philippines over sinking of fishing boat in West PH Sea

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https://globalnation.inquirer.net/176860/boat-ramming-seen-to-boost-icc-case-vs-xi

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Boat ramming seen to boost ICC case vs Xi
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:14 AM June 23, 201

Administration officials have expressed doubts that their complaint would prosper, noting that China was not a member of the ICC.

In their complaint, Del Rosario and Morales argued that the ICC had jurisdiction because China’s moves had adversely affected not only groups of vulnerable fishermen but also present and future generations in coastal nations around the South China Sea because Beijing’s actions “involve massive, near permanent and devastating environmental damage across nations.”

They said this constituted the “most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole.”

They stressed that it was only the ICC “that can exact accountability on behalf of Filipinos and the international community, respecting the rule of law.”

Under the Rome Statute, the ICC steps in only if a state party “is unwilling or genuinely unable to carry out the investigation or prosecution” of international crimes.

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Like Morales before him just a month earlier, Del Rosario on Friday also was barred from Hong Kong where he was to attend board and stockholders meetings of the Hong Kong-based First Pacific Company.

He was held for six hours by Hong Kong airport authorities before they escorted him to his plane back to Manila.


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https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/21/19/ex-ombudsman-carpio-denied-entry-to-hong-kong-source

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Ex-Ombudsman Carpio Morales denied entry to Hong Kong
Posted at May 21 2019 03:24 PM | Updated as of May 21 2019 08:36 PM

Manila (6th Update) - Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has been held by immigration authorities at an airport in Hong Kong, in a possible retaliation by Beijing against the former Filipino official.

Carpio Morales flew to Hong Kong with her children and grandchildren for a family vacation, but was barred from entering the special administrative region of China, the former Ombudsman told ABS-CBN News.

Hong Kong authorities did not explain why she was banned from the Chinese special administrative region.

Carpio Morales said she is awaiting deportation, scheduled Tuesday night, at the airport's immigration facility.

The family has decided not to push through with the vacation and will fly back to Manila with her, she said.

The Philippine consulate has communicated with Hong Kong officials but the former Supreme Court magistrate was still barred from entering the territory under China.