Senator Kiko Pangilinan on Wednesday warned that the minority group within the higher chamber would reject the proposed P3.7 trillion national budget for 2018 if the P678 million allocation for the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) shouldn’t be restored.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday decreased to a measly P1,000 CHR’s budget on the bottom that it was not ready to defend President Rodrigo Duterte from harsh criticisms overseas regarding human rights violations within the nation arising from his conflict on medication.
“We are committed to oppose such moves by restoring the CHR budget in the Senate even if it means the non passage of the 2018 budget and the re enactment of the 2017 budget wherein funding for the CHR is assured,” Pangilinan stated.
“Ngayon alam na natin ano ang mangyayari sa bansa natin kapag nag-Cha-cha (Charter change) at itulak ang voting jointly na tig-isang boto lang ang mga Senador at Kongresista. Derecho na tayo sa diktadura,” he added.
Sen. Win Gatchalian stated the Senate ought to be sure that the CHR receives the budget it wants to fulfill its constitutionally-mandated features subsequent 12 months.
“The Commission serves as an important check and balance to ensure that government officials exercise their functions with due respect for the constitutional rights of the people,” Gatchalian stated.