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Alvarez says CHR deserves zero budget. Here’s why

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said that the Commission of Human Rights (CHR) deserves zero budget for not conducting its job of protecting human rights fairly.

“Itong ating Commission on Human Rights ay ang pino-focus ay yung karapatan ng mga kriminal at tipong walang pakialam doon sa karapatan ng mga biktima ng mga kriminal na ito.,” Alvarez told reporters Monday (August 7) after attending the House panel budget deliberation of the Commission.

“Matagal ko nang naoobserbahan ito na kapag may mga masaker na ginagawa itong mga kirminal, mga drug addicts, ay tahimik sila. Parang pasko sa kanila yun…yung silent night? Walang comment,” the Speaker said.

As such, he said that personally, the CHR shouldn’t receive a single centavo for the year 2018.

“Kung ako tatanungin niyo ay dapat zero kung ganyan ang performance.Hindi natin i-aabolish kasi constitutional body. Eh di wag mong bigyan ng budget yan. Hindi naman fair eh. Hindi nila ginagampanan yun trabaho nila para protektahan yung karapatang pantao, para sa lahat ng tao sa bansa,” Alvarez said.

During the panel hearing itself, Alvarez interpellated CHR Commissioner Chito Gascon and told him that he was “unfair” and “partisan.”

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