Press Release
September 13, 2017


I do not agree that we should provide a budget of P1,000 to the Commission on Human Rights. The CHR is a constitutional body and is a signatory to the International Human Rights concordant of the United Nations.

They may not agree with rhe government all the time but that is their role - to expose possible abuses. And we should embrace that. It also behooves the human rights commission to project a neutral stand in all their statements and appearances.

It is not easy for the CHR at this time because most of the appointees thereat are perceived, rightly or wrongly, to be members or former members of a political party. I support the CHR and pray that all of us will support it, not only for form but because it is always needed. There are always things that they can remind the government of, for any possible abuse.

I am sure that some members of Congress believe the perception of partisanship and that is probably why they took a shot before the bow of the CHR to remind them that they should remain objective and non-partisan so that the perception will not be a hindrance to doing their job.

Be that as it may, I will support the restoration of adequate budget for the Commission of Human Rights in the Senate. I will work to restore an appropriate and adequate budget for the CHR. I am not just talking about the chairman, whom I respect, but also the membership of the commission.

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