Palace: Only domestic authorities can investigate crimes in Philippines

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Alexis Romero – Philstar.com September 20, 2021 | 6:57pm MANILA, Philippines — The government won’t allow International Criminal Court investigators into the Philippines to look into the killings tied to President Rodrigo Duterte’s “drug war” because only local authorities can probe crimes that happened in the country, Malacañang said Monday. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the exercise of jurisdiction and sovereignty is exclusive to the Philippines and the country no longer has the obligation to cooperate with the ICC. “No, because we are a free and a sovereign country. Because of the…

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