Philippines: House panel restores budget of CHR, 2 other agencies – 21 Sep 2017

  • The House panel on appropriations on 20 Sep 17 said it had been given “the green light” to restore the budget of the Commission on Human Rights and two other government agencies given an appropriation of only PHP1,000 for 2018, days after the decision of the chamber was greeted by a wave of criticism and threatened a budget gridlock with the Senate.
  • CHR Chairman Chito Gascon, who has been at the receiving end of the vitriol of both Alvarez and President Rodrigo Duterte, agreed during the meeting with the speaker that the agency should probe human rights violations involving members of the police, the military and even civilians, according to Nograles.
  • Gascon’s statement welcoming the budget restoration basically adopted the House rationale for the reinstatement.
  • “CHR affirms its commitment to advance all human rights for all people,” he said.

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