NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar: President Benigno Aquino 3rd supports the proposal of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) to harmonize the legal frameworks among Asean-member states.
“In the face of changing circumstances in our region, we are called to greater cooperation, as we work even harder to ensure the well-being of our citizenry,” the President said.
He noted that AIPA provides a unique opportunity for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to address emerging concerns such as climate change, pandemics and transnational crime.
“AIPA serves as a meaningful venue to develop legislation that may contribute significantly to enhancing the capacities of our respective nations in this regard,” he said.
“Our ability, however, to craft domestic laws that are in line with the agreements and commitments of Asean must be done within the context of our respective constitutional systems and should consider the rights and responsibilities of the component branches of our governments,” he added.
Aquino also emphasized the promotion and protection of the rights of migrant workers, of women and children, and of other vulnerable sectors in the respective societies.
“This should be of the highest priority, for an injustice done to one is an injustice done to all—whether it be from the country of origin or in the country where our migrants happen to be,” he said.
The Asean groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.