Civic groups wel­come P1-K for CHR, NCIP

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DAVAO civic so­ci­ety groups wel­comed the de­ci­sion of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives to cut the fund­ing for Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights (CHR) and Na­tional Com­mis­sion on In­dige­nous Peo­ples (NCIP) say­ing the two agen­cies de­served it.

Save Our Schools (SOS) Network spokesper­son Rius Valle said the P1,000 bud­get for the CHR and NCIP, in­clud­ing the En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (ERC), is just enough since these agen­cies al­ways failed to do its re­spec­tive du­ties.

"It will be good if the Congress will to­tally abol­ish these agen­cies. Kasama ng mga lumad, ng san­dugo, hini­hiling namin to abol­ish NCIP and CHR dahil wala na­man itong na­gawa sa kani­lang bayan, lalo na sa mga katu­tubo natin," Valle said.

The NCIP, Valle said, has only contributed to the prob­lems of the in­dige­nous peo­ples (IPs), par­tic­u­larly on the is­sue on land grab­bing, de­ceiv­ing lumads for per­sonal in­ter­ests, and abuses al­legedly brought about by the Oplan Ka­paya­paan.

Mean­while, the CHR, has been cov­er­ing-up the hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions al­legedly per­pe­trated by the mem­bers of the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines and the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (AFP-PNP), among other state forces in the re­gion.

"Ang pag­bibi­gay ng kakaram­pot na pondo sa CHR ay layunin ip­itin sila ng Duterte gov­ern­ment, pa­ga­away-awayin, at bang­gaan ito ng pare­hong in­ti­dad na hindi rumere­speto sa kara­p­atang pan­tao ng mga lumad at pub­liko," he added.

Ella, who re­fused to be iden­ti­fied for lack of the author­ity to speak, of the Al­liance of Con­cerned Teach­ers in Davao (ACT–Davao), said the de­ci­sion of the Congress to cut the bud­get of the two gov­ern­ment agen­cies was just and right.

"Tama lang din be­cause the CHR did noth­ing. It would be much bet­ter pa nga if wala ta­la­gang bud­get ilalaan for them or da­pat i-abol­ish na ang CHR," Ella said.

Congress ear­lier ap­proved a P1,000 bud­get for CHR, NCIP and ERC for 2018 in ple­nary de­bates. Reports said that this rep­re­sents a to­tal bud­get slash of more than P2.1-bil­lion from the to­tal pro­posed fund­ing for the agen­cies next year.

The CHR had an ini­tial pro­posed bud­get of P623.38-mil­lion, which was cut to P1,000 amid its con­sis­tent crit­i­cism of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion's anti-drug cam­paign.

Bayan Muna Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Car­los Isagani Zarate moved to re­duce the bud­get of the NCIP to P1,000 from its orig­i­nal bud­get of P1.132 bil­lion, cit­ing its fail­ure to de­fend the rights of na­tional mi­nori­ties.

The ERC, which had an orig­i­nal pro­posed bud­get of P365 mil­lion, has been the sub­ject of in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the House Com­mit­tee on En­ergy over a pur­port­edly anoma­lous deal that al­lowed power dis­trib­u­tor Manila Elec­tric Co. to en­ter into power sup­ply agree­ments (PSA) with its sis­ter com­pa­nies.

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