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Lower House gives Commission on Human Rights P1,000 budget for 2018

Lower House gives Commission on Human Rights P1,000 budget for 2018

Global anti-abuse group Human Rights Watch said the decision of Congress to provide a measly P1,000 budget to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) was "a blow against accountability for human rights violations in the Philippines".

"If you want to protect the rights of criminals, get your budget from the criminals", house speaker and close Duterte ally Pantaleon Alvarez said mockingly.

Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director of the Human Rights Watch, described it as a "blow against accountability for human rights violations in the Philippines", as at least 119 lawmakers voted to approve the measly P1,000 budget.

Magdalo Party list Rep. Gary Alejano expressed dismay over the House decision, saying, in effect, the House is abolishing the institution by reason that CHR is active in investigating violations of human rights perpetrated by the police under the administration's war on drugs.

The firebrand leader had even previously threatened to scrap the body.

Critics maintain police are executing suspects, and say the government has a thinly-veiled kill policy. The budget vote is not final and will require one more vote and senatorial approval.

The CHR is reported to have requested for a 1.72bn pesos budget for 2018, but the government had proposed only a little over half of that.

Duterte has vowed to kill tens of thousands of criminals to rid the country of illegal drugs, and has said he would not allow any soldier or police to go to prison for helping him prosecute the campaign.

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The agency has long complained it lacks manpower and resources to fully investigate the killings.

"Notwithstanding the unsatisfactory, oft-criticized performance of the CHR in fulfilling its duties, the move is a solid uppercut created to worsen the Philippine human rights situation and bring the opposition further to its knees", the group said in a statement.

CHR head, Chito Gascon, believes the petty budget is an attempt to force his resignation. The police reject that and say they kill only in self-defence. As part of its mandate, the CHR cooperates with different stakeholders and has assisted the Human Rights Offices of the Security Sector, as well as the Presidential Human Rights Committee.

He said that he may take the issue to the Supreme Court.

"The principal reason why I can not resign my office is that to do so is to weaken the institution itself", Gascon said. "Asking me to resign would lead to essentially making the institution forever at the mercy of politics". "We need to be reminded that the CHR's main function is to curb the excesses and abuses of those in the seat of power", he said.

Agnes Callamard, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, said Filipinos deserved a strong, independent rights organization that could hold the state accountable.

Duterte has said he is "happy to slaughter" millions of addicts and dismissed the deaths of children as "collateral damage".

Additional reporting from Reuters.


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