Pullout from Inter-parliamentary Union pressed

December 04, 2018
Danilo Suarez

A HOUSE panel has adopted a resolution supporting the move for the Philippines to withdraw from the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU).

The House Committee on  Interparliamentary Relations and Diplomacy, chaired by Ilocos Sur Rep. Eric Singson,  approved House Resolution 2270 filed by Minority Leader Danilo Suarez.

In filing the resolution, Suarez expressed full support to the suggestion of Speaker Gloria MAcapagal-Arroyo to withdraw the country from IPU membership because of the intrusion of foreign parliaments to the judicial system of the government.

It was Ang Mata party-list Rep. Tricia Nicole Velasco-Catera who proposed to adopt Suarez resolution.

In his resolution, Suarez noted how the Geneva-based global organization of national parliamentarians “stepped outside its boundaries with its interference in the country’s judicial processes which runs counter to the principle of State sovereignty.”

According to Suarez, the IPU was created with a vision of protecting and strengthening democracy.

The House leader also expressed disappointment over the intrusion of foreign parliaments into the judicial process of the Philippine government.

“IPU was created to build strong national parliaments that can deliver on issues like health, sustainable development, peace and security,” Suarez said.

Earlier, Arroyo said she is proposing to the Senate to boycott the IPU as she expressed dismay over the intrusion of the parliaments to the government in the way it implements judicial process.

“I am recommending to the Senate which heads the delegation that we should withdraw our membership with the IPU,” Arroyo said.