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"It seems that President Duterte is blustering again when he announced his intent to withdraw from the Philippines' membership to the International Criminal Court".

Manila might follow the example of Moscow and withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday.

"As Russia had not ratified the Rome Statute little will change in practice; however the decision is an alarming indication of Russia's unwillingness to cooperate with worldwide justice systems", said Sergei Nikitin.

According to Russia's Foreign Affairs Ministry statement, Putin formally ordered by decree the withdrawal of Russia's signature from the Rome Statute, the founding document establishing the ICC, an global tribunal set up two decades ago to prosecute war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity, Efe news agency reported.

According to Reuters, Duterte called the ICC "useless", expressed frustration that Western powers seemed unable to understand his crackdown on the narcotics trade and also appeared to blame the United Nations for failing to prevent wars around the world.

In his address Thursday, Duterte also was critical of the United Nations, which he called "dominated by the United States".

Two African nations, Gambia and South Africa, earlier accused The Hague-based tribunal of the "persecution and humiliation of people of color, especially Africans".

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"I am deeply concerned about these alleged killings and the fact that public statements of high officials of the Republic of the Philippines seem to condone such killings and further seem to encourage state forces and civilians alike to continue targeting these individuals with lethal force", she said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a withdrawal of support on Wednesday, charging the ICC is "one-sided and inefficient".

The former Soviet superpower has criticised the court, though commentators have pointed out that President Vladimir Putin and his generals may stand to be prosecuted by the court for Russia's bombings of Syria, which have claimed the lives of many civilians. They (Russia) withdrew. I might follow.

Leaving the International Criminal Court (ICC) needs the Senate's approval. "Because these shameless bullies only pick on small countries like us".

He reiterated his intention to align with China and Russian Federation.

A statement claimed that Russian Federation "consistently advocates that people guilty of grave offenses must be held accountable" and took part in developing laws against genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The tribunal opened in 2002 in The Hague as a court of last resort to try the world's worst crimes.


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