Re­con­sider CHR bud­get: Loren­zana

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MANILA - De­fense Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana urged Thurs­day the law­mak­ers at the House of the Rep­re­sen­ta­tives to re­view its de­ci­sion on giv­ing the Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights (CHR) a P1,000 bud­get for the year 2018.

He said the CHR should be given the bud­get it de­serves, not­ing that it plays an im­por­tant role in the du­ties of the po­lice­men and mil­i­tary per­son­nel.

"CHR is a con­sti­tu­tional body. Gawa ng batas yan (it is cre­ated by law), nasa Con­sti­tu­tion 'yan. The peo­ple there can't be re­moved. 'Yung head nga hindi mo pwe­deng tang­galin eh (You can't even re­move the head). Dahil nandiyan 'yan, it’s just right that there will also be fund­ing," Loren­zana said.

"It keeps gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, es­pe­cially the mil­i­tary and po­lice, na in­gat sila sa gi­na­gawa nila (be care­ful with what they are do­ing) be­cause any­thing that they will do, li­able sila sa (li­able for) hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion," he added.

Loren­zana said dur­ing his ju­nior years on the field, they were even seek­ing for CHR rep­re­sen­ta­tives to lecture them about hu­man rights.

On Tues­day, the House of the Rep­re­sen­ta­tives ap­proved the al­lo­ca­tion of P1,000 bud­get to the CHR, with 119-32 votes. House Speaker Pan­ta­leon Al­varez said they re­fused to ap­prove the pro­posed P678 mil­lion for the agency as it "failed to per­form its man­date."

How­ever, Sen­a­tors Pan­filo Lac­son, Fran­cis Es­cud­ero, Juan Edgardo An­gara, Joseph Vic­tor Ejercito, Bam Aquino, Ralph Recto, Richard Gor­don, Sher­win Gatchalian and Fran­cis Pangili­nan op­posed the House of the Rep­re­sen­ta­tives' de­ci­sion to cut down CHR's bud­get.

Lac­son, be­ing the CHR's bud­get spon­sor in the Se­nate, promised to re­store the P678 mil­lion bud­get.

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