FORMER President-turned Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday recommended to the Senate the Philippines’ withdrawal of its membership in the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) due to the organization’s continued interference in the country’s internal and judicial affairs.
“So since this is the second time they (senators) did it (opposition), to my knowledge, I am recommending to the Senate, which heads the delegation, that we should withdraw our membership with the IPU,” Arroyo told reporters in an ambush interview during a medical mission and dialogue in Brgy. Escopa, Quezon City whose residents benefited from her first socialized housing under Proclamation No. 6 she issued in 2001.
Last week, Arroyo delivered her speech before the 139th International Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Assembly at the Centre for International Conference Geneve (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Arroyo aired her position after the Senate delegation led by Senate Pro Tempore Ralph Recto during their trip registered opposition to IPU’s intervention in the Philippines’ domestic affairs.
“Well, you know the last time (2017) there was an IPU and then Senate President [Aquilino] Koko Pimentel [III] was head of delegation and he decried the interference of the IPU in our judicial processes. This time, over the objection of the Philippine delegation, again they did the same thing,” said Arroyo.
Arroyo was head of IPU Philippine delegation composed of members of the Senate and the House of Representatives. In attendance were Recto and Sens. Franklin Drilon and Panfilo Lacson and Reps. Rodante Marcoleta, Greg Gasataya, Federico Sandoval, Ron Salo, Ma. Theresa Collantes and Karlo Alexei Nograles.
The IPU is a global organization of national parliamentarians from 178-member states.
The IPU Assembly brings together noted parliamentarians from its member-states in a bid to promote and address democracy, equality, development and peace in their own countries and at international level.
The IPU issued last week separate resolutions on the cases of De Lima and Trillanes, both staunch critics of the Duterte administration.