Philippine senators ask Supreme Court to invalidate Duterte's ICC withdrawal May 17, 2018 0 49 12345 REUTERSMANILAA MINORITY bloc in the Philippine Senate on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to invalidate President Rodrigo Duterte's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, saying his action without the chamber's consent was unconstitutional.Duterte issued a notice of withdrawal in March, saying his right to due process had been violated after an ICC prosecutor announced a preliminary examination of a complaint that accused the president and top officials of crimes against humanity. But six minority members of the Senate, from among a total of 23, said Duterte would need the backing of two-thirds of upper house members to get his way."The executive cannot unilaterally withdraw from a treaty or international agreement, because such withdrawal is equivalent to a repeal of a law,"the senators told the Supreme Court.Duterte's spokesman, Harry Roque, said he was confident the Supreme Court would throw out the petition."Good luck to them,"he said."The courts will always defer to the executive on matters of foreign affairs."The complaint to the ICC, filed by a Philippine lawyer and endorsed by a congressman and a senator, concerns the deaths of thousands of Filipinos in Duterte's signature crackdown on illegal drugs. Duterte denies any wrongdoing.Police reject allegations by activists of systematic murder and cover-ups during a bloody campaign that has alarmed the West and gained the maverick Duterte international notoriety.Critics have dismissed as cowardly Duterte's decision to turn his back on the ICC, calling it contrary to his stated readiness to"rot in jail"if it meant saving his nation from the scourge of drugs.Lawyers and jurist groups say the withdrawal is pointless and does not protect Duterte against a possible indictment, as the ICC's jurisdiction retroactively covers the period during which a country was a member of the court. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Korean spy film screens at Cannes while real-world plot thickens May 17, 2018 0 407 North Korea threatens to cancel summit over US 'provocations' May 17, 2018 0 60 Philippines lifts ban on workers heading to Kuwait May 17, 2018 0 53 Indonesia police shoot dead four men after attack on Riau HQ JAKARTA Indonesian police shot dead four men on Wednesday after they used samurai swords to attack officers at Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, a police spokesman said. The men had driven their car into .. United Nations extends African peace mission in Somalia NEW YORK: A UN-backed peacekeeping mission in Somalia, which faces attacks by an Al Qaeda affiliate, received unanimous Security Council backing on Tuesday until July 31. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), .. Kenyan president signs controversial cyber-crimes law AFP NAIROBI KENYAN President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday signed into law a sweeping cyber-crimes act criminalising fake news and online bullying, with clauses that critics argue could stifle press freedom. The bill .. Suspected militants free abducted police officers in Philippines MANILA Suspected Muslim militants on Wednesday freed two female police officers abducted more than two weeks ago in the southern Philippines police said. The officers were turned over to aides of the provincial .. Malaysian police 'raid' former PM Najib's home REUTERS KUALA LUMPUR At least a dozen armed policemen entered the home of ousted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak late on Wednesday after he returned from prayers at a mosque, Reuters witnesses said. State news .. Congo receives first doses of Ebola vaccine amid outbreak REUTERS KINSHASA THE first batch of 4,000 experimental Ebola vaccines to combat an outbreak suspected to have killed 20 people arrived in Congo's capital Kinshasa on Wednesday, said a Reuters witness at the ..