UP Diliman execs oppose Roque's nomination to UN law body

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 14)— Officials of the University of the Philippines Diliman have opposed the nomination of presidential spokesperson Harry Roque — an alumnus and former professor at the state university — for a seat at the International Law Commission (ILC).

In a statement on Tuesday, the UP Diliman Executive Committee said Roque "has a very poor track record of promoting, defending, and fulfilling human rights and the rule of law" especially during the tenure of President Rodrigo Duterte.

"Therefore, his inclusion in the Commission would not serve its purposes but instead diminish the reputation of the body," added the committee, which is composed of the campus' chancellor, vice chancellors, deans, directors, and other university officials.

Roque announced his nomination to the ILC — a United Nations body that develops and codifies international law — back in June. He joins 10 other nominees under the Asia-Pacific States bracket, where only eight seats are up for grabs.

Roque — who is in New York City to campaign for the ILC spot — has yet to respond to UP Diliman's pronouncement. But the Cabinet official on Monday defended himself from critics, noting his platforms will revolve around the COVID-19 pandemic and global warming.

The ILC election results will be announced during the 76th session of the General Assembly slated for November.