Presidential Spokesperson and chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo
MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang hits the plan of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to set foot in the Philippines to probe the alleged political persecution against Senator Antonio Trillanes and detained Senator Leila de Lima.
According to Presidential Spokesperson and chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo, the IPU’s move is an affront to the local legal process and an intervention in the country’s domestic affairs.
IPU is a global organization of national parliaments.
At the end of its 139th assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, the IPU issued a separate resolution announcing its plans to send an official mission to look into the alleged rights violations committed against De Lima and Trillanes.
The group also expressed concerns for De Lima, who is currently detained on drug-related charges, and Trillanes, who faces revived rebellion cases.
The IPU also called on the Philippine authorities not to abandon the legal proceedings against De Lima due to lack of serious evidence against her. The group also believes the steps taken against the lady senator were in response to her vocal opposition against President Duterte’s war on drugs.
But Panelo said the IPU resolutions were just issued to cast aspersions on the integrity of the legal proceedings in the Philippines.
Panelo also believes that the IPU is not only intervening in domestic affairs, but it also puts the Philippines in a bad light with its one-sided evaluation that infringes on our sovereignty.
Panelo also criticized IPU’s claim that it adheres to the rule of law and due process but does not respect the ongoing proceedings conducted by the courts of justice in the country.
Panelo added that the IPU has reached conclusions even without getting the side of the Philippine government.
In another interview, Panelo reiterated that the IPU is not welcome in the Philippines as their visit will only cause trouble. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
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