PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Harry Roque’s name was included as nominee and be part of the United Nations’ International Law Commission (ILC).
Roque’s name has already been listed as among the 34 nominees to become a member of the body when the United Nations convenes for a General Assembly in November this year.
China, Japan, Vietnam, India, Korea, and Thailand are among the other Asian countries which made it to the list.
Roque has admitted being nominated — “I’m very grateful to the President and Secretary Locsin for the nomination.”
If elected, Roque will have a five-year term as ILC member that will begin on January 1, 2023.
Roque’s nomination to the UN body was seen as part of the Philippine government’s efforts to somehow ease the pressure being applied by the International Criminal Court.
The UN body is seriously considering the idea of opening an investigation into thousands of killings under the country’s bloody drug crackdown, adding that there is reasonable basis to believe that the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte committed crimes against humanity.
Interestingly, the presidential spokesperson said that even in the event that he gets the ILC post, it won’t be much of a legal concern that would stop him from seeking a Senate seat for the 2022 general elections.
“Twice a year lang naman magconvene ang ILC,” said Roque.
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.