The Philippines has officially withdrawn from the International Criminal Court (ICC), though the beleaguered tribunal

The Philippines has officially withdrawn from the International Criminal Court (ICC), though the beleaguered tribunal has pledged to pursue its examination of alleged illegal killings in the government’s drug war.

Manila’s withdrawal on Sunday came a year after it told the United Nations it was quitting the world’s only permanent war crimes tribunal, becoming the second nation to do so after Burundi.

“The secretary-general … informed all concerned states that the withdrawal will take effect for the Philippines on 17 March,” UN spokesperson Eri Kaneko told the AFP news agency on Friday.

Under the treaty, withdrawal is only effective one year after a country gives written notice of its decision to the UN secretary-general.

A signatory country also can “not be discharged” of any cases already pending in the court before the withdrawal.