Arroyo to push for PH withdrawal from int'l lawmakers' group

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House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) — House Speaker Gloria Arroyo is urging the Senate to withdraw from a global group of parliamentarians that has been critical of the Duterte government and its actions against opposition figures.

Arroyo, a close ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, told reporters Monday that the Philippines must withdraw its membership from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), citing "interference" in the country's judicial processes.

"You know the last time there was an IPU and then Senate President Koko Pimentel 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," Arroyo said during a medical mission in Brgy. Escopa, Quezon City.

"Since this is the second time they did it to my knowledge, I am recommending to the Senate which heads the delegation that we should withdraw our membership with the IPU," she explained.

The Speaker attended the 139th IPU General Assembly at the Centre for International Conference Geneve in Geneva on October 17.

On Sunday, the parliamentarian group composed of 178 member-states said it was "resolved to send an official mission" to probe into the "political persecution" of Senators Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes.

A Makati Court on Monday rejected the Department of Justice's plea to issue an alias warrant and travel ban against Trillanes after Duterte voided the 2011 amnesty granted to him. The IPU had earlier claimed that the voidance of Trillanes' amnesty is a "targeted attempt to silence" the embattled senator.

Meanwhile, de Lima is detained in Camp Crame for her alleged illegal involvement in the drug trade.