The Punisher pushes on
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) continued last month with a decision by lawmakers to slash the CHR budget from almost $13m to the meagre sum of $20. The move against the organisation has raised fears that it will no longer be able to offer free legal assistance to victims of human rights abuses in the Philippines at a time when the so-called Punisher has promised no end to his campaign of extra-judicial killings. CHR commissioner Leah Armamento told local media that the president was systematically stripping away all limits on his accountability. – at the expense of the most vulnerable. “We are the conscience of the people, so we are here to provide limitations to the immense powers of the state,” she said.
Residents look on as a Filipino police investigator inspects the body of a suspected drug pusher