By a vote of 119-32, the House of Representatives accredited a lawmaker’s movement to scale back the proposed P649 million budget of the Commission on Human Rights to a measly P1,000.
SAGIP partylist Rep. Rodante Marcoleta, after questioning the mandate of the CHR, made a movement to scale back its budget to P1,000 to the objections of Buhay partylist Rep. Lito Atienza, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, Cebu City Rep. Raul del Mar and Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice.
Lagman stated giving the CHR such a tiny budget was tantamount to abolishing the company.
“Emasculating and killing CHR with an annual budget of P1,000 is unconstitutional. It virtually abolishes a constitutional office. We cannot abolish a constitutional office by legislation,” he stated.
He stated Marcoleta failed to acknowledge the distinction between frequent crimes and human rights violations, which by definition are dedicated by state or state brokers.
But the bulk prevailed after the vote was referred to as.
The House transfer got here a day after Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez appeared in a tv interview saying the “useless” CHR would get solely a P1,000 budget.