VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Panelo flip-flops on PH’s withdrawal from ICC

In his first press briefing as presidential spokesperson, Salvador Panelo claimed the Philippines never “withdrew, actually” from the International Criminal Court (ICC). This contradicts his statement in March when he said the country’s withdrawal from the ICC was already “in order, in fact.”

Watch his flip-flop here:

(Guided by the code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter, VERA Files tracks the false claims, flip-flops, misleading statements of public officials and figures, and debunks them with factual evidence. Find out more about this initiative and our methodology.)


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