CHR given Php1,000.00 budget for 2018 from the House of Representatives
Php1,000 budget might mean the abolition of CHR
The Commission on Human Rights was given a Php1,000.00 budget next year. The lawmakers have been frustrated with the CHR’s performance; the reason why they were given a budget which can be considered useless for how can any agency function with this budget.
Thirty two lawmakers voted against the said budget but they lost over the 119 lawmakers who voted for the 2018 budget amounting to Php1,000.00 (approximately $20).
Albay 1st district Rep. Edcel Lagman and Cebu 1st District Rep. Raul Del Mar said that this budget given to the CHR might mean it’s up for abolition.
Pantaleon Alvarez, Speaker of the House, said that he is convinced that the commission is not doing its job. Under the Philippine Constitution, the CHR should investigate any form of violation on human rights including political and civil either on its own or on acting from a complaint.
Furthermore, the Constitution specified that the CHR should “monitor the Philippine government’s compliance with international treaty obligations on human rights.”
Pantaleon further stressed that if the CHR wants to protect the criminals’ rights, then they should get their budget from criminals.
The Department of Budget and Management had requested a budget of Php678M for the CHR for 2018 which is lower that its Php749M budget at present.
It was I-Sagip party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta who gave the motion to give the CHR a budget of Php1,000.00 arguing that the CHR should investigate all forms of violations on human rights; not just criminals’ rights.
He also said that the creation of the CHR was invalid because the law that implemented the creation of the commission was signed on May 5, 1987; the Constitution having been ratified that time and then President Corazon Aquino had no legislative powers anymore.
Chito Gascon, CHR Chair, said that the commission will continue to do its job despite of the budget. He further stressed that they draw their strength from the courage of their supporters and will continue to encourage employees to continue working hard.
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