Klarex, Maxie blame weather for fence sit­ting

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - By Al­wen Salir­ing

The two Ca­gayan de Oro City con­gress­men were left sit­ting on the prover­bial fence in the con­tro­ver­sial vote by the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives to al­lo­cate a pal­try P1,000 an­nual bud­get for the Com­mis­sion of Hu­man Rights (CHR) for 2018.

Ca­gayan de Oro City rep­re­sen­ta­tives Max­imo Ro­driguez Jr. and Rolando Uy both failed to at­tend the House ses­sion on Tues­day, Septem­ber 12, blam­ing bad weather for miss­ing the vot­ing.

“Wala ko ka-bo­tar kay bagyo man to busa wala ko maka-at­tend sa ses­sion, ”Ro­driguez, the city’s 2nd Dis­trict Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, said.

But Ro­driguez de­clined to say how he would have voted say­ing only that he missed the op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved in de­bates and discussion on the mat­ter at the ple­nary.

“Dili ko makain­gon nga no or yes. Akong gi­in­gon nga walay op­por­tu­nity nga magde­bate, ”Ro­driguez said.

Ro­driguez said his col­leagues at the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives should have de­bated the mat­ter fur­ther and fairly dis­cussed why the CHR should only be given the measly bud­get.

Ro­driguez also said he had no idea about the ex­tent and na­ture of the bud­get cut but said the com­mis­sion’s sup­posed fail­ure to ful­fill man­date may have been the rea­son be­hind the dras­tic bud­get cut.

“Da­pat gi-dibebate­han unta to ngano nga P1,000 ra­man. Ang ako is tan-awon nato unsa ang ra­son kay wala ko ka­balo unsa ang ra­son. Akong gis­us­pec­ta­han nga tun­god sa EJK is­sue kay kin­ing CHR mao man ang gaimbesti­gar, ”Ro­driguez said.

But Ro­driguez in­sists that the CHR should be given am­ple bud­get be­cause this is the gov­ern­ment agency who does the check and bal­ance to the ac­tions of the law en­forcers who may go be­yond their man­date and abused their pow­ers.

“Kung wala ang CHR un­say mahit­bao sa katawhan kung malam­pas ilang katun­god. Da­pat natuki gyud unta to og maayo, ”Ro­driguez added.

Con­gress­man Uy for his part said he was not able to vote be­cause he was not in the ple­nary dur­ing the vot­ing pe­riod.

“Dur­ing the vot­ing I was in my of­fice, Wala ko sa ple­nary, ”Uy said in a text mes­sage.

He did not elab­o­rate his po­si­tion on the is­sue fur­ther.

On Tues­day, 119 rep­re­sen­ta­tives voted in fa­vor of the move to slash the bud­get of the CHR to a thou­sand pe­sos from the De­part­ment of Bud­get’s pro­posed P678 mil­lion.

Thirty two voted against the mo­tion.

Sagip partylist Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ro­dante Mar­co­leta, an ally of Speaker Pan­ta­leon Al­varez, made the mo­tion to pro­vide the CHR with only a P1,000 bud­get next year.

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Ca­gayan de Oro City Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Max­imo Ro­driguez Jr.

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