The Pu­n­isher pushes on

Southeast Asia Globe - - Panorama -

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

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