CHR will go to House to ask for reconsideration of P1k budget

Friday, September 22nd, 2017. Filed under: News Philippine News

MANILA, Sept 14 (Mabuhay) – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Thursday said they will go to the House of Representatives to plead for a reconsideration of the P1,000 budget that has been allotted to them on Tuesday.

“Kami ay masigasig na pupunta sa House of Representatives para idulog sa kanila na huwag na mangyari [ang P1,000 na budget],” CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit said.

CHR also said they were initially saddened by the decision made by the House of Representatives on Tuesday but were grateful to the 32 congressmen who stood in disapproval of the said budget.

“Napalitan ng saya dahil tumayo ang 32 na tumutol tungkol dito at paglabas namin ay humingi ng paumanhin. Maraming workers ng Kongreso ang nagsabi ng, ‘Pasensiya na,’” Dumpit said.

“Tapos po pati ‘yung sa social media po nakakataba po ng puso ang suporta ng tao sa amin at sa karapatang pantao, higit pa,” she added.

Dumpit said it only goes to show how people value human rights.

“So natutuwa rin po kami na nangyari ito para makita natin kung gaano kahalaga ang karapatang pantao sa tao. At sa mga bumoto na iniisip nila na isang libo lang ang halaga ng karapatang pantao, siguro naman po ay magigising sila sa katotohanan,” she said.

CHR also considered the action of the lower house as a form of strategy to pressure CHR Chairman Jose Luis “Chito” Gascon.

“The Speaker [Pantaleon Alvarez] already made known to everybody that if Chair Chito [Jose Luis “Chito” Gascon] resigns then he would probably give us stable budget,” said Dumpit.

On criticisms

On claims that CHR only keeps opposing the war on drugs of the Duterte administration, the commission said they were only following their mandate.

“Hindi po kami parte ng ehekutibo. Meron po kaming mandato. Protektado po ito ng Konstitusyon. Pitong taon po [ito] so hindi po kami subject sa mga ganiyang klaseng panukala,” the commissioner said.

Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson has also agreed to assist CHR, said Dumpit.

“In fact, sa Committee on Finance, pumasa na ‘yung aming budget. Senator Ping Lacson has committed to advocate, for the maintenance at least of our proposed budget under the National Executive Program,” she said.

CHR also defended itself against criticisms that it only considers the death of drug suspects rather than policemen and soldiers killed during the drug war. The commission said critics should study the Constitution.

“Siguro po kelangan po na pag-aaralan natin ang ating Konstitusyon. Kasama na po ang mandato ng komisyon na nagsasaad na kailangan namin mag-imbestiga ng human rights violations. Pero po, ang pag-imbestiga ng human rights violations ay iba po sa pag-imbestiga ng krimen,” Dumpit said.

She said the duties of the Philippine National Police and CHR are different.

“Ang pag-imbestiga ng krimen po ay nakasaad sa mandato ng kapulisan. Ngayon kung hindi satisfied and mga tao kasi maraming nagaganap na krimen at hindi ito nahihinto, ang kapulisan po ang ating tugunan, hindi po ang komisyon [CHR], “ Dumpit said.

“Kaya siguro kelangang i-distinguish natin ang pag-imbestiga ng krimen sa pag-imbestiga ng human rights violation. Kasi ang human rights violation, umaakma po ‘yan sa page-ehersisyo ng kapangyarihan at responsibiliad ng mga taong gobyerno. ‘Yun po ang focus namin,” she added. (MNS)

 

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