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The plight of the Rohingya under Myanmar won’t be discussed in the 38th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly this coming Sept. 14 to 20, to be held at the Makati Shangri-La in Makati City. 

Deputy Secretary General Artemio Adasa said, Chair, Committee on Substantive Matters and Documentation, Task Force AIPA 38th General Assembly said this in response to a query from the media during their press conference today. “ Well, right now as we said. We expected na this  are matters that are also national concern by Myanmar dahil ito yung mga kuwan ng Myanmar e, problematic constituents also kaya definitely on our part, hind na  rin natin yung idi-discuss, I put in sa plenary but probably they might be some bilateral  aggrements. Hindi na kailangan na consensus collectively among the group as an AIPA institution lang tayo.”

Adasa said Indonesia actually wanted to discuss a resolution on the plight of the Rohingya, which Myanmar objected to. “it happened in one of the proposed resolution sa Indonesia which take certain issue on the flight of the Rohengia, nag object ang Myanmar. So, definitely we cannot place this as part of the issue to be deliberated during the plenary.”

House Secretary General Cesar Pareja, Chair, Task Force AIPA 38th General Assembly said,” As mentioned nga ni Dep Sec Tim, there are instances na hindi ma-agree upon on the general consensus with all the AIPA countries.  However those concerned are free na magkaron ng separate dialogues parang bilateral agreement within them o intra-regional, para hindi naman within their own framework they can help each other without necessarily involving all the others na syempre yung iba naman baka may ibang interest or hindi talaga sila involved. Because even if it’s a regional cooperation yung nangyayari dati sa AIPA and sa ASEAN, the organization still respect yung sovereignty ng individual nations and hindi natin pwedeng iimpose basta kung ano yung gusto natin yung ganun din.  In the same manner hindi rin naman natin tatanggapin yun basta kung ano yung gusto nilang mangyari, masusunod din, so it has to be consensus among all nations but it will not prevent us from respectfully dealing with the situation on a one on one basis also with other countries.”

Similarly, AIPA will not be discussing the alleged extra-judicial killings under the Duterte administration. Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu,  Member, Executive Committee, AIPA 38th General Assembly said, “ Pgadating doon sa EJK ano, wala pa naman tayong ano, illegal drugs oo, iyong sa illegal drugs natin during doon sa aming AIFOCOM doon sa Conrad, nagkakaroon na ng exchange of information, nagkakaroon na kami ng exchange of information pati,  huwag lang iyong sa ating bansa, kahit iyong magkakatabi  iyong land base, iyong  Myanmar, Thailand iyong magkakatabi sila  nagkakaroon na sila ng mga border security, talagang sila na mismo ang nagtutulungan,  pati iyong sa pagsusunog ng cocaine yung mga laboratory, yung mga nako-confiscate, nagtutulungan sila at alam naman natin dito sa nangyari sa P6.4B na ang tip ay nanggaling sa ibang bansa bagamat hindi member ng ASEAN pero naroon na iyong simula. So patuloy din iyong exchange of information natin pati ng mga government agencies natin doon sa Thailand, kung mapapansin ninyo iyon ngang sinabi ni Presidente noon, ang information niya na nakalap para makilala nila kung sino talaga iyong mga dinadaanan ng droga dito na mga personalities galling pa sa Thailand.”

However there will be discussions on the campaign against illegal drugs in the region, which wil involve dialogue partners like China—which has emerged as a top supplier of narcotics in the country.

Abu said,”Definitely, definitely, dahil nuong nagdaan e iyon na rin ang isa sa pinag-usapan. May mga bansa tayo na kasapi sa ASEAN may mga pondo pa na galing sa Chinese government para ma-combat iyong problema natin sa droga. Nagkaroon na ng discussion sa last AIFOCOM then madi-discuss ulit iyon. Secretary General.”

Paerja said,”we also have observer countries kung saan magkakaroon tayo ng dialogue and one of the observer countries is China at kasama na nga sa aming idi-discuss  with them is strengthening cooperation in combating transnational crimes including the drug menace an as well as terrorism and violent extremism, fuel smuggling. So naumpisahan na iyan and then we’ll have a continuing dialogue not only in China because we have some dialogue with observer countries like Australia, Belarus, Canada, European Parliament, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Russian Federation and Timor Leste. Kung mapapansin ninyo basically sa Pacific Area kasi duon tayo open pero meron din tayong dialogue with all those other countries even iyong nasa European community.”

Abu said everything is set for the assembly. I would like you to know that it’s all systems go for this event, which will be hosted by the House of Representatives.

Abu added that  on the last day, Speaker Alvarez along with the heads of delegations of AIPA member countries and other AIPA officers will pay a courtesy call on Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, who will be the keynote speaker at the closing ceremony of the 38th AIPA General Assembly.

Abu said that AIPA has different committees that will handle the different dialogues on specific topics of interest to AIPA. “Sa women parliamentarians of AIPA, initiative ito ng delegation natin, iyong promoting the health of women migrant workers, so pinipilit natin diyan na iisa iyong magiging patakaran, polisiya ng 10 Asean members pagdating dito sa ganitong klase ng issues. Committee on political matters nag-proposed ang Indonesia – one, combatting marine plastic debris and micro plastics, two, protecting minority and respecting majority for democracy building in Asean. Proposal naman natin, recognizing and commending achievement of the Asean on the occasion of its 50th founding anniversary, intra-regional cooperation against fuel smuggling, third, seeking adherence to the principles enshrined in declaration on the conduct of parties in the South China sea to prevent further damage and destruction of the regional maritime commons. May proposal din ang Thailand; collection and exchange of information on laws of AIPA.  Ang AIPA Secretariat based ito sa Indonesia na pinamumunuan ngayon ni Secretary Ishrah from Thailand. Nag proposed din, ni-refer din na matters na  idi-discuss din doon sa political matters iyong  sa report noong AIPA Interfaith 30th Asean Summit. “

Abu said dialogues will also cover terrorism. “ Kasama din iyon dun sa dialogue with observer countries. Sabi nga kanina ni SecGen iyong isa sa ating strengthening cooperation in combating transnational crimes kasama din dito iyong terrorism at violent extremism na pag-uusapan. Lahat talaga io-open natin dito. At magandang pagkakataon ito para sa bansa natin dahil tayo ang nagli-lead, tayo ang magse-set ng agenda, tayo ang magse-set ng direction ng pag-uusapan at alam naman natin kung ano iyong halos karamihan sa atin, like you mga nasa media, kung ano talaga iyong gusto natin na mangyari at mapag-usapan na magkaroon ng kooperasyon sa mga kapwa nating ASEAN countries and other malalapit na bansa sa atin. So let me assure na duon namin dadalhin iyon direksiyon na iyan duo nsa mga kung ano iyong ating pinag-uusapan ngayon.”