Bacolod City Lone District Rep. Evelio Leonardia is part of the Philippine panel that is discussing current Southeast Asian issues at the 36th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in Malaysia from Sept. 6 to 12.
Leonardia flew to Kuala Lumpur along with the Philippine delegation composed of Albay Second District Rep. Al Francis Bichara, Cebu First District Rep. Raul Del Mar, Quezon City Sixth District Rep. Jose Christopher Belmonte, and TUCP party-list Rep. Raymond Democrito Mendoza.
Bichara is chairman while Leonardia is a member of the House committee on foreign affairs and inter-parliamentary relations.
The Philippines is a founding member of the AIPA which was organized to help thresh out political issues in the Southeast Asia.
Among these issues are the peaceful resolution of the South China Sea conflict, the constructive engagement with Myanmar, the strengthening of structures of human rights, and the strengthening of the ASEAN Regional Forum.
Leonardia said that for the Kuala Lumpur assembly, AIPA will also take up issues with the region’s relations with Australia which is sending an observer panel.
The 36th AIPA is themed, Engaging a People-Oriented, People-Centered Asean Community Towards Inclusiveness.
The AIPA is composed of the parliaments of the 10 Asean countries — Brunei, Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.