FILE PHOTO - Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during the opening session of the ASEAN and European Union summit at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay, metro Manila, Philippines on November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao

MANILA (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has informed the Philippines that it has begun a preliminary examination of a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte that accuses him of crimes against humanity, his spokesman said on Thursday.
The examination of the complaint, which says Duterte is complicit in the illegal deaths of thousands of Filipinos during his war on drugs, was “a waste of the court’s time and resources”, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said.
Roque told a regular news briefing that he had discussed the issue for two hours the previous night with Duterte, a former prosecutor, who he said was more than willing to face trial.
“He’s sick and tried of being accused,” said Roque, a former Congressman and international law expert.
“He wants to be in court and put the prosecutor on the stand.”
The ICC’s website carried no announcement or information on Thursday concerning the complaint …
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