THE House opposition bloc criticized the discriminatory attitude of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on the previous indictments of former Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, and Juan Ponce Enrile and former President-turned-Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
House Minority Leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez questioned why IPU is only seemingly concerned to opposition Sens. Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV.
“Where were they when former opposition senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla and former President Arroyo were jailed by the Aquino administration? Obviously, there is still discrimination,” said Suarez.
“That’s what we’ve been saying all this time, they (IPU) don’t talk about the three senators,” Suarez added.
The Suarez bloc filed House Resolution (HR) No. 2270 backing the recommendation of Arroyo for the Senate to withdraw from IPU, a global organization of national parliamentarians from 178-member states.
Parañaque City Rep. Gus Tambunting also supported Arroyo’s recommendation.
“I respect the decision of the Speaker to call for the withdrawal of the Philippines from the IPU. I respect her opinion,” said Tambunting, who chairs the House Committee on Games and Amusement.
“Speaker GMA herself was once incarcerated because of a criminal case. She knows how it feels to be an accused in our country, yet she allowed the judicial processes to take their course,” said Tambunting. “One of the fundamentals of international law is the respect which the international community owes to the sovereignty of each state. The Philippines cannot be unduly compelled to take actions which would violate our local laws and the respect we owe to our judicial system.”
The IPU has issued separate resolutions on the cases of De Lima and Trillanes, both staunch critics of the Duterte administration.
The IPU is also eyeing to send a team to monitor the cases against the two senators.
De Lima has been detained for her alleged involvement in the proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) while Trillanes’ amnesty has been revoked.