By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
An official of the House of Representatives has accused the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) of playing political partisanship for allegedly meddling in the cases involving opposition Sens. Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila de Lima.
Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay (Surigao del Sur) said he fully supports the House leadership’s call for the Philippine Congress to withdraw from the IPU “because it serves no serious purpose but to interfere in the legal and judicial processes of member-parliaments.”
“Sovereignty of a country should be beyond the reach of any international body or organization,” said Pichay.
He added that the IPU did nothing on the real injustices committed on many of its members.
On Monday, former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has proposed the Philippines’ pullout from the IPU after the organization expressed its misgiving through separate resolutions over the alleged political harassment being committed of the Duterte government against Trillanes and de Lima.
Pichay defended Arroyo’s recommendation, saying the former chief executive felt that the country’s sovereignty has been violated over the recent action made by the IPU.
“If the Speaker of the House of Representatives feels that our sovereignty has been violated and has moved to defend it, that should be respected,” said Pichay.
On Wednesday, Minority Leader Danilo Suarez (Quezon Province) filed House Resolution 2270, urging the entire House of Representatives to support the proposal of Arroyo to withdraw from the IPU due its alleged interference in local politics.