Duterte's conviction in int'l tribunal 'sham,' 'useless piece of propaganda' —Palace

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Malacañang on Thursday dismissed an international tribunal ruling convicting President Rodrigo Duterte for human rights violation, calling the decision a "sham" and "useless piece of propaganda."

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) — Malacañang on Thursday dismissed an international tribunal ruling convicting President Rodrigo Duterte for human rights violation, calling the decision a "sham" and "useless piece of propaganda."

Reports said the International People's Tribunal (IPT) in Belgium has found Duterte guilty of violating human rights, on the back of testimonies from 31 people—including embattled Australian nun Patricia Fox—who attested to the allegations against the President.

"It has no official sanction. The validity of the finding will depend on the credibility of the tribunals," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a media briefing.

Roque said IPT's lawyers are just "leftists who happen to be white sympathetic to Philippine left."

"They appear to be a propaganda body of the left and therefore we set it aside as a useless piece of propaganda against the government," he said.

"Grabe po kasi talaga yung networking ng Philippine left with left groups as well, particularly in Europe," he added.

The case against Duterte was presented to the IPT by activist groups led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and Karapatan this week.

The verdict will be forwarded to the International Criminal Court where the President has pending cases also for purportedly violating people's rights.

IPT, according to its website, is convened by the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines, International Association of Democratic Lawyers, National Lawyers Guild, IBON International.