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JUST IN: Agnes Callamard Pumalag sa 1000 Budget Para sa CHR sa 2018

The House of Representatives voted to cut the budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) from the proposed P649.484 milllion to just P1,000 for the year 2018 which could render the agency useless in the next fiscal year.

Commissioner Chito Gascon of the CHR who feared earlier for a zero budget for the agency came through after the Hous of Representative decided to cut the budget of the agency during the House plenary debates with at least 119 lawmakers voted to approve the P1,000 budget for the CHR.

Only 32 lawmakers voted against the decision to give just P1,000 budget to the agency. The decision of the House of Representatives came out after Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez had threatened the agency to render it useless next year.

1-Sagip Rep. Rodante Marcoleta moved for the P1,000 budget for the CHR due to the what he said was the failure of the agency to investigate rights violations by terrorists. He also noted that the CHR was not a valid agency having been created by an executive order issued by Pres. Cory Aquino in 1986 during the revolutionary government when there was no Congress.

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman defended the CHR's budget by saying that Rep. Marcoleta was mistaken that CHR was not validly created, noting that Pres. Aquino was exercising both executive and legislative powers because the 8th Congress was not yet convened at that time.

Cebu City Rep. Raul Del Mar, who sponsored the proposed P649.484 million (inclusive of retirement and life insurance program), denied all the impartiality allegations particularly on cases involving the police. He also noted that the CHR, being a constitional commission, could only be given a deficient budget if the Constitution would be amended.

Here's what Agnes Callamard reacts on 1000 budget:

Source: PIA

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