The Philippines will not intervene in Myanmar’s internal affairs, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said Wednesday following the arrest of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and other top officials by the military.
While the Philippine government is concerned over the military takeover in Myanmar, it respects the independence of its neighboring country, Panelo said during his commentary show “Counterpoint.”
“If there is indeed a violation, we will express our opinion or concern. However, we will not interfere as we also do not want others to interfere in our affairs. We respect Myanmar’s independence,” he said in Filipino.
Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman on Tuesday called on the Duterte government to take a strong stand against the military coup in Myanmar, saying its refusal to comment on the issue “confirms and defends the militarization of the government.”
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Palace would let the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) make an official statement on the political strife in Myanmar.
However, Panelo advised Lagman to just focus on his job as a lawmaker.
He also told the congressman to trust Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. who is monitoring the latest developments in Myanmar.
“He’s saying we’re nonchalant. Problem is he’s not with the executive department. You belong to Congress so focus on your duty. Let Teddy Boy Locsin do his job. That’s his turf. We’ll let him do his job,” Panelo said in Filipino.
Myanmar’s powerful military on Feb. 1 arrested and detained Suu Kyi and other senior political officials of ruling party National League for Democracy (NDL).
The landslide win of Suu Kyi and her ruling party in November last year was voided after Myanmar’s armed forces declared one-year state of emergency and seized all legislative, executive, and judicial powers. SOVEREIGNPH