Vice President Leni Robredo has opposed calls to abolish the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), warning that such transfer will strip the unusual Filipino, particularly the poor, of their safety in opposition to abuses.
Robredo, a lawyer, instructed reporters in Camarines Sur Friday (July 28) that the CHR is a constitutional physique tasked to stop human rights abuses and maintain those that commit such violations accountable.
“Kaya nagkaroon ng CHR para may sandata iyong mahihirap na mayroong kakampi sa kanila, mayroong mangangalaga ng kanilang mga karapatan kapag sila ay naaabuso, kapag ang kanilang karapatang pantao ay naaabuso, ng mga kawani ng gobyerno,” she stated.
“Kung i-a-abolish iyong CHR, parang lalo nating hindi binibigyan ng proteksyon iyong mga dati nang naghihirap sa ating lipunan,” Robredo added.
President Rodrigo Duterte stated the CHR was “better abolished” in a press convention after his State of the Nation Address (SONA) Monday (July 24).
He made the remark as he continued to defend members of the navy and the police amid allegations of human rights violations.