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On Tuesday, Sept 12, the House of Representatives approved only a P1,000 budget for the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for 2018.

With a total vote of 119 in the affirmative, 32 in the negative, the House approved Rep. Rodante Marcoleta’s motion to reduce CHR’s budget from P678M to P1,000.

Based on an initial count, here are the 23 out of 32 representatives who voted against Rep. Marcoleta’s motion:

  1. Rep. Emmi de Jesus, Gabriela
  2. Rep. Arlene Brosas, Gabriela
  3. Rep. Antonio Tinio, ACT Teachers
  4. Rep. France Castro, ACT Teachers
  5. Rep. Sarah Jane Elago, Kabataan
  6. Rep. Carlos Zarate, Bayan Muna
  7. Rep. Ariel Casilao, Anakpawis
  8. Rep. Kit Belmonte, Quezon City 6th District
  9. Rep. Lito Atienza, BUHAY
  10. Rep. Gary Alejano, Magdalo
  11. Rep. Raul Del Mar, Cebu City 1st District
  12. Rep. Edcel Lagman, Albay 1st District
  13. Rep. Raul Daza, Northern Samar, 1st District
  14. Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong, Negros Oriental 1st District
  15. Rep. Bai Sandra Sema, Maguindanao 1st District
  16. Rep. Kaka Bag-ao, Dinagat Islands Lone District
  17. Rep. Lawrence Fortun, Agusan del Norte 1st District
  18. Rep. Wildredo Caminero, Cebu 2nd District
  19. Rep. Ramon Rocamora, Siquijor Lone District
  20. Rep. Gabriel Bordado, Camarines Sur 3rd District
  21. Rep. Tom Villarin, Akbayan
  22. Rep. Emmanuel Billones, Capiz 1st District
  23. Rep. Jorge Banal, Quezon City 3rd District

Netizens took to social media immediately after announcement. They bravely expressed their disappointment and outrage over the P1,000 budget allocation.

Some even use the hashtag #CHRBudgetCheaper to compare the P1,000 budget to several items and illustrating how underfunded the CHR will be.

Meanwhile, Senators Chiz Escudero, JV Ejercito, Sonny Angara, Bam Aquino, Kiko Pangilinan, Win Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva, and Ping Lacson said that they will fight to restore the commission’s budget.

Let’s be real people, we deserve better. The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is mandated by law to investigate all forms of human rights violations involving civil and political rights. Let them do their job. Slashing off the budget to P1,000 is absurd.

Featured image by Madel Crudo

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