The Philippines’ rank dropped in the annual World Justice Project Rule of Law Index. It ranked 102 out of 139 countries in 2021, with an index score of 0.46 (on a scale of 0-1), but was ranked 91 out of 128 countries in 2020. Meanwhile, the Philippines ranked 13 out of 15 countries in the East Asia & Pacific region. The Philippines scored particularly low in the Fundamental Rights factor, ranking 123 globally and scoring 0.39 (on a scale of 0-1, 1 being highest).
Meanwhile, the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s Pre-Trial Chamber authorized the Prosecutor to open an investigation into possible crimes against humanity committed in relation to the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign or the so-called “war on drugs” between July 1, 2016 and March 16, 2019.