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Palace supports GMA’s proposal to withdraw PH from IPU: ‘Di tayo pwedeng diktahan!

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By Prince Golez

Malacanang is supporting the proposal of House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to withdraw the Philippines from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

“From the very start, our position is no international human rights organizations has jurisdiction over us,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Tuesday.

“They have been giving conclusions even prior to the investigations and they have been besmirching this country, and that is precisely why we don’t want them to be doing that,” he added.

Panelo criticized the IPU, a parliamentarian group composed of 178 member-states, for investigating the cases of two administration critics, Senators Leila de Lima and Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV.

“They came here and investigated De Lima and Trillanes and they made a finding that it seems to tell that there was a violation of human rights and no due process was given to them, and yet in effect, they are saying that our judicial system is not functioning,” the Palace spokesman said.

“They have been giving pre-judgments and to our mind, that is an intrusion, an insult, offensive to the decency of this country as well as an intrusion to our sovereignty,” he said.