Duterte: I will never go to the ICC alive

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 3) — President Rodrigo Duterte again revealed what he thought of efforts to get him to face the International Criminal Court: “I will never go there alive.”

"Alam niyo kung gusto niyo talaga akong...it's over my dead body. Makuha niyo ako, dalhin niyo ako sa Netherlands, patay. You will have a carcass. Hindi ako pupunta doon ng buhay," Duterte said during his address to the nation on Monday.

[Translation: You know if you really want me...it’s over my dead body. If you take me to the Netherlands, it will happen only because I'd be dead. You will have a carcass. I will never go there alive.]

Duterte was presenting information on recent anti-drug operations when he shifted the topic to human rights activists who, he said, focused only on the killings.

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"Anong problema nitong human rights?... At ‘yung mga listahan sa mga pinatay, bakit listahan lang sa mga pinatay na kriminal? Sagutin nga ninyo ako diyan," he said.

[Translation: What is the problem of these human rights activists?... And the list of those who were killed, why do they only list the criminals? Answer me.]

He also warned the United States to be careful, adding that authorities there are guilty of human rights violations as well.

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Earlier, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the country cannot be compelled to cooperate with an ICC probe into the Duterte administration's war on drugs, despite a Supreme Court ruling.