Sen. Lacson is part of the Philippine delegation that participated in the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and related meetings in Belgrade, Serbia. Other members of the Philippine delegation include Senate President Tito Sotto, Ralph Recto, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Franklin Drilon, Imee Marcos, Nancy Binay, Sherwin Gatchalian, Bato dela Rosa, Joel Villanueva and Sonny Angara; and Reps. Ferdinand Hernandez and Carlos Zarate.
ASEAN+3 and ASIA PACIFIC GROUP Meetings:
The Philippines chaired the ASEAN+3 Meeting on Oct. 13, Sunday. Pakistan chaired the Asia Pacific Group Meeting afterwards.
ASSEMBLY and GENERAL DEBATE:
Sen. Lacson and colleagues from the Philippine delegation attended the general debates on the theme: Strengthening International Law: Parliamentary Roles and Mechanisms, and the Contribution of Regional Cooperation.
Speaking on behalf of the Philippine delegation, Senate President Vicente Sotto III delivered a speech on Oct. 14, Monday, where he noted that international law is the cornerstone of a peaceful, orderly, secure and just world. He added countries outside the great powers and developing states, like the Philippines, have turned to international law as the great equalizer. “As iron is strengthened by fire, international law is strengthened by parliaments,” he said.
DEBATE on EMERGENCY ITEM (Climate Change):
Philippine Senate President Sotto presided over the general debates on emergency items in the agenda, including climate change.