House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez should do not forget that “all power is fleeting.”
Detained Sen. Leila de Lima gave this reminder to Alvarez as she objected to his “threat” to offer the Commission on Human Rights “zero budget” in the approaching price range deliberations on the bottom that the CHR is utilizing public funds to criticize the federal government’s alleged human rights abuses.
She stated Alvarez’s ignorance on the constitutional mandate and features of the CHR is straight away revealed in his name for the impeachment of CHR Chairman Chito Gascon.
“The money to fund the CHR does not come from the State, as Alvarez thinks. The annual appropriations intended for the CHR come from the people, to protect themselves from a government bent on violating their human rights,” she stated
“Alvarez may be allowed to wallow in power, drunk as he is with it like his master, so long as the wind continues to blow his way. But make no mistake about it. All power is fleeting,” De Lima stated.
She added, “And when the time of reckoning comes, and it so happens that Alvarez’s rights are violated, his liberties taken away, and his humanity–or whatever is left of it–is degraded by the new powers-that-be, God forbid that he runs to the CHR and Chair Gascon for help like a yelping dog.”