NCCP to ICC: Continue to journey with victims in their quest for justice and accountability

Quezon City, Philippines – The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) expresses it solidarity with the families of the drug war victims and welcomes the decision of the outgoing International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda as she sought judicial authorization to investigate into the alleged extrajudicial killings in the context of Duterte’s War on Drugs.

This decision comes into light amidst the continuing call for justice on the many killings in the country related to the government’s war on drugs which claimed thousands of lives targeting the poor majority since 2016.

“After a long and arduous struggle for justice, a ray of hope has been cast. The recent action of the outgoing ICC Prosecutor is a step closer to our prayer for truth and accountability, of bringing justice to the kith and kin of those who were killed because of the government’s drug war,” said Bishop Reuel Norman O. Marigza, the General Secretary of the NCCP.

“We think that it is just and moral for the government to cooperate with the ICC, to render justice to the hundreds of thousands of victims who were unfairly executed in this drug war,” the Bishop averred.

“For years, the bereaved families have suffered hard from the loss of their loved ones. This bold and crucial step of the ICC to open its investigation in the county signal how the international community is standing with us in seeking for accountability, especially in a context where the Philippine government continuously denies them justice,” Bishop Marigza said.

“This decision of the ICC comes as a result of the tireless efforts of the families, lawyers, and human rights defenders who tirelessly fought and remained resolute in the quest for justice. We hope that the ICC and the international community will continue to journey with victims. This shows that the world does not idly sit by as crimes against humanity is being perpetrated. As a council of churches, we reiterate the call for the continued pursuit of justice and accountability,” Bishop Marigza concluded.

The National Council of Churches in the Philippines is the largest aggrupation of mainline Protestant and non-Roman Catholic Churches in the Philippines.