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Duterte gov't nominates Harry Roque to International Law Commission

Roque, a former human rights lawyer before becoming Duterte's spokesman, seeks membership in a body that proposes rules and norms for the United Nations

6/19/2021 2:35:00 AM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque , mouthpiece of controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte , is a step closer to being a member of the United Nations’ International Law Commission. Full story:

Roque, a former human rights lawyer before becoming Duterte's spokesman, seeks membership in a body that proposes rules and norms for the United Nations

Pia RanadaPresidential Spokesman Harry Roque, mouthpiece of controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, is a step closer to being a member of the United Nation's International Law Commission.The Philippine government has nominated Roque to be one of 34 persons to be nominated as a member of the UN body this November, during the UN General Assembly.

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Roque is listed as among the 11 nominees for eight seats allotted to Asia-Pacific states, according to aposted on the ILC's website on Wednesday, June 16.China, Japan, Vietnam, India, Korea, and Thailand are among the other Asian countries who made nominations.

Roque, on Thursday, June 17, thanked Duterte and Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. for the nomination."I'm very grateful to the President and Secretary Locsin for the nomination," said Roque.If elected, Roque will have a five-year term as ILC member that will begin on January 1, 2023. headtopics.com

He clarified, however, that if he is elected into the ILC, it should not get in the way of a possible electoral bid in 2022 since it is"not a job," entails no salary, and only requires that the members meet twice a year.Asked by Rappler if Duterte asked him to seek ILC membership, Roque said,"It's something that could not have happened without the President's say-so because it had to be an official nomination."

But the spokesman said, if elected into ILC, he, as a member would not be participating in the commission's proceedings as a state agent.What's the ILC?The ILC was created in 1947 by the UN General Assembly to begin studies and make recommendations"for the purpose of ... encouraging the progressive development of international law and its codification," according to the commission's website.

Lawyer Romel Bagares, who used to be with the Center for International Law, a firm co-founded by Roque, said ILC"proposes rules and norms for adoption by the UN system or states." He called it a"very prestigious post for international law scholars."

Roque, who used to be a human rights lawyer and professor before becoming Duterte's spokesperson, has suffered a blow to his reputation among many members of the academe and the legal profession for defending the administration's many controversial policies. headtopics.com

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Most recently, Roque gave anof Duterte and his bloody anti-illegal drugs campaign after International Criminal Court former prosecutor Fatou Bensouda's request to investigate Duterte for crimes against humanity. Read more: Rappler »

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Yak! How could you nominate a person who once a defender of the oppressed. Now the defender of the oppressor. That is no different than being an Oppressor itself. ICC... God forbid Bakit si Roque ang Phil rep? Tabingi ang utak nyan! we are willing to comply with the government’s protocol to ensure the safety everyone. Even us na pauwi galing UAE, iniingatan din po namin ang aming mga pamilya. Hayaan nyo lang po sana kaming makauwi. Pilipino din po Kami🙏🙏🙏🙏 Napaka inhumane po. LIFTUAEBAN

Ano ba ang alam niyan? Para sa akin pwede siya assistant to the assistant kusinero. UN's standard for a lawyer is that of roque? Hmmm... how ironic 😁😁😁 Wow ha! So weird.. Go ahead appoint him. The UN is a political body all they will do is talk. On the other hand the ICC is a judicial body, their work is to prosecute. Ah this is where it gets interesting.

Duterte policy on face shield use only in hospitals subject to IATF appeal --- RoqueNabawi na yung puhunan nung mga face shield manufacturers/importers na friends ni Duterte :P Puede nang hindi mandatory mag face shield :) Kailangan talaga patagalan ang desisyon, gising na hoy!🤦🏽‍♂️

Gano kalaki ang mukha ni hariroki na ill-fitting lagi ang face mask nang hayup na to? Para may insider ang Duterte Administration on how to get away with things. We can read the situation idiots 🤣 🤢🤮 ekse eksena nlng pduts Then the UN’s international law commission will lose its credibility. Imagine having the kind of attyharryroque

Haha - his contribution will be limited to jokes or unqualified matters 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️ lol…what a shame…he will just keep on defending the mass murderer… This .RRD_Davao Administration thinks everything is a joke. Not surprised since the one in Malacanan is too. this is a joke He made his bed when he went to the dark side for fame and money. He must sleep in that bed forevermore.

PH nominates Roque to International Law CommissionDeserving.

Hope he is not elected to be a member That’s good; attyharryroque can be arrested anytime once he leaves Pinas due to the Magnitsky Act. Hahahaha! Isn't it a big disgrace to have a member like him?! He has a very questionable credibility! Does UN’s International Law Comminsion accepts those who supports crimes against humanity?

Philippines nominates Roque to be part of UN’s Int’l Law CommissionWhat do you think of his nomination? ICYMI: The Philippine government has nominated presidential spokesperson Harry Roque , who is a lawyer by profession, to become a part of a United Nations panel that develops and codifies international law. 🤡🤡🤡 baka liar by profession. lols

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PH nominates Roque to International Law CommissionDeserving.

Philippines nominates Roque to be part of UN’s Int’l Law CommissionWhat do you think of his nomination? ICYMI: The Philippine government has nominated presidential spokesperson Harry Roque , who is a lawyer by profession, to become a part of a United Nations panel that develops and codifies international law. 🤡🤡🤡 baka liar by profession. lols