Remulla to ICC: Please file your info request on anti-drugs war

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday assured it would be willing to cooperate and provide the International Criminal Court (ICC) information to prove that the justice system in the country is functioning.

However, Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla said the information would only cover what the justice department have gathered and accomplished pertaining to the investigation and prosecution of cases involving anti-drug operations where deaths occurred from the time he assumed his post.

Furthermore, Remulla said the ICC would also have to submit a request before it could be provided with the information it needed.

“Request would be appreciated, because why should we give away data to parties who are not interested in what we have to give. If they really want [some information] they just have to ask and we will give the information available at that time,” Remulla said at a news briefing.

However, Remulla stressed that it would not be able to provide the ICC any information before the period of his appointment to his current office.

“If you want the information for the last 11 years, because that is where it’s going to anyway, we cannot give it to them because we have been here in the office only for 39 days,” the DOJ chief said.

Remulla also assured that the justice department would leave no stone unturned in its investigation into drug-related killings.

In fact, he noted that the cases of 52 individuals covered by “Task Force 52 Nanlaban Cases” have also been acted upon by the justice department with the assistance of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

“The case build-up and prosecution have been completed for seven cases against PNP personnel. Cases for murder have been properly filed in the courts and we believe the evidence culled will be sufficient to hold them for conviction,” he said.

On the other hand, six of the 52 cases were dismissed during preliminary investigation.  Joel R. San Juan