SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
10 September 2015 06:42:25 PM
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. stands proudly with Dean Raul Pangalangan (2nd from left) at the rostrum of the Plenary Hall of the House of Representatives last September 9th. This, following the formal presentation of a framed copy of House Resolution No. 2198 on September 9, 2015, "highly commending" Dean Pangalangan for being elected as a Judge to the International Criminal Court (ICC) during the 13th Session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP). With the congressional awardee were (from right): Rep. Rodel M. Batocabe, author of HR No. 2198, Francisco Pangalangan and Prof. Elizabeth Pangalangan (the awardee's son and wife, respectively). The ICC is an inter-governmental organization and international tribunal that sits in The Hague, Netherlands, with jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes. Its Judicial Division is composed of 18 judges who must be nationals of states parties to the Rome Statute each of whom shall serve nine-year terms and must be "persons of high moral character, impartiality and integrity who possess the qualification required in their respective States for appointment to the highest judicial offices." The Philippine Government nominated Dean Pangalangan, a law professor, based on his established competence in international law, including international humanitarian law and international human rights. Among others, Dean Pangalangan, even prior to his election, was a Philippine Delegate to the 1998 Rome Conference to establish the ICC, and for ten years was co-chair of the Philippine Coalition for the ICC. Rep. Batocabe's Resolution stressed that his election to the ICC is not only a fitting tribute to his exceptional achievements and remarkable work as a lawyer, but more importantly, is in recognition of the competence and expertise of the Filipino in the global legal community, thus bringing much honor and pride to the Philippines.