caritas philippines logo 2024
Caritas Philippines, the development and advocacy arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), continues to support the call for the Philippine government to rejoin the International Criminal Court (ICC).

In a previous press release, Caritas Philippines welcomed the resumption of the ICC’s investigation of the bloody drug war and extra-judicial killings that took place during the Duterte administration. The group believes that rejoining the ICC is essential to promoting transparency, fairness, and trust in public institutions.

“The Philippine government has a responsibility to its citizens to uphold the rule of law and protect human rights,” said Caritas Philippines executive director Fr. Antonio Labiao, Jr. “Rejoining the ICC would send a strong message that the government is serious about accountability and justice for all.”

Caritas Philippines urges the Philippine government to adhere to the recommendations of the ICC. These recommendations include conducting thorough and impartial investigations into all allegations of human rights abuses, prosecuting those responsible, and providing reparations to victims.

Caritas Philippines also urges Congress and the Supreme Court to exercise their check and balance power to favor the Philippines’ rejoining the ICC. The legislative and judicial branches of government have a crucial role to play in ensuring that the Philippines upholds its international obligations and protects the rights of its citizens.

Furthermore, Caritas Philippines calls on the Philippine government to listen to the voices of civil society organizations and NGOs. These organizations play a vital role in advocating for human rights and promoting accountability. Their insights and perspectives are essential to the process of rejoining the ICC and upholding human rights in the Philippines.

“The ICC’s recommendations are a roadmap for the Philippines to address its human rights problems and build a more just and equitable society,” said Fr. Labiao. “We urge the government to take these recommendations seriously and act upon them.”