HE crisis facing both the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the National Commission for the Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) is not just what happened to their brutalized budget.
These institutions, that on paper are meant to protect human rights and the Lumads respectively, have also a crisis of performance. Go ask the Mindanao Lumads.
For the past years going way back to the Arroyo and Aquino years, complaints were filed by Lumad leaders and teachers to the CHR of the abuses by the military and paramilitary, including the attacks on schools. Those complaints only gathered dust in the CHR desks and weren’t acted on or investigated.
Just recently, the Lumad leaders who are at the Kampuhan at UP Diliman, faced CHR Chino Gascon and did not mince words on their complaints.
“Daku kaayo among pagkadismaya sa CHR kay sa pila ka tuig og daghan na kaayo mi og gi-file pero wala gihapon (We are very frustrated with the CHR for they haven’t act on the many complaints we filed),” said Bai Eufemia Cullamat, a Manobo from Suirgao del Sur who