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Harry Roque’s Alma Mater Opposes His Nomination at the ILC

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Harry Roque’s Alma Mater Opposes His Nomination at the ILC

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(SPOT.ph) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque is currently in New York City to campaign for a seat at the International Law Commission. This comes after his nomination, which was backed by President Rodrigo Duterte and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. And similar to the stance of various civil society organizations and a legal assistance group, the University of the Philippines Diliman also came forward to express that the institution “opposes the nomination of former UP faculty member Atty. Herminio “Harry” L. Roque, Jr. to the International Law Commission (ILC).”

The statement was made by the University of the Philippines Diliman Executive Committee following a meeting held on September 13. The committee is composed of the Chancellor (currently, Fidel R. Nemenzo), Vice Chancellors, the Deans and Directors of the different Colleges and Schools, the University Registrar, and three members at-large elected by the University Council.”

“Atty. Roque has a very poor track record of promoting, defending, and fulfilling human rights and the rule of law, especially during the administration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte in which he serves as a cabinet member. Therefore, his inclusion in the Commission would not serve its purpose but instead diminish the reputation of the body,” the statement added.

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Roque completed Bachelor of Laws in 1990 from UP Diliman. When sought for a comment regarding opposing parties to his nomination, the presidential spokesperson said to GMA News Online that he is qualified for an ILC seat. “The requirement is being an expert of international law, which I taught for 15 years in the UP College of Law,” he added.

Every five years, the United Nations General Assembly elects 34 individuals from different nations to hold a position in the ILC. They’re responsible for helping develop and implement international law; and are expected to be “persons of recognized competence in international law.” With the term of office expected to expire at the end of 2022, a long list of candidates nominated by member governments were submitted to the Secretary General on June 1. A total of 11 candidates are vying for eight Asian seats.

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