VP Robredo statement after lawmakers attack rights commission



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Vice President Leni Robredo slammed the House of Representatives for slashing the annual budget of Commission on Human Rights (CHR) opposed to bloody war on drugs to just 1,000 pesos.

The house, dominated by President Rodrigo Duterte’s supporters, voted on Tuesday to allocate a 2018 budget of just 1,000 pesos CHR, which has investigated hundreds of killings during the president’s aggressive anti-narcotics crackdown.

Robredo said she was dismayed lawmakers gave the CHR a measly budget for 2018.

According to Roberedo, the decision is like abolishing the CHR. It indicates loss of respect for the Constitution and for human rights – a threat to our democracy.

Especially in the context of a time where there are many cases of violence and killing, it’s worrisome that the agency tasked to protect our rights is crippled, she said.

Duterte once threatened to abolish the CHR after its chief, Chito Gascon, sought to investigate alleged abuses by police anti-drugs units.

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