Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in Manila, Philippines March 13, 2017. Picture taken March 13, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro - RTX30VCY

A Filipino lawyer has asked The Hague’s International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Netherlands to charge the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, and 11 other officials with mass murder and crimes against humanity over the killings of thousands over the past three decades.
Jude Josue Sabio has accused Duterte of being the “mastermind” behind an anti-drugs and anti-criminality campaign that has resulted in the murder and extrajudicial killing of more than 9,400 people since 1988, when he was elected mayor of Davao City in the southern Philippines.
“The situation in the Philippines reveals a terrifying, gruesome and disastrous continuing commission of extrajudicial executions or mass murder from the time President Duterte was the mayor of Davao City,” Sabio wrote in a 77-page complaint filed to the court on April 24, The New York Times reported.
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