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:
- Rep. Emmi de Jesus, Gabriela
- Rep. Arlene Brosas, Gabriela
- Rep. Antonio Tinio, ACT Teachers
- Rep. France Castro, ACT Teachers
- Rep. Sarah Jane Elago, Kabataan
- Rep. Carlos Zarate, Bayan Muna
- Rep. Ariel Casilao, Anakpawis
- Rep. Kit Belmonte, Quezon City 6th District
- Rep. Lito Atienza, BUHAY
- Rep. Gary Alejano, Magdalo
- Rep. Raul Del Mar, Cebu City 1st District
- Rep. Edcel Lagman, Albay 1st District
- Rep. Raul Daza, Northern Samar, 1st District
- Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong, Negros Oriental 1st District
- Rep. Bai Sandra Sema, Maguindanao 1st District
- Rep. Kaka Bag-ao, Dinagat Islands Lone District
- Rep. Lawrence Fortun, Agusan del Norte 1st District
- Rep. Wildredo Caminero, Cebu 2nd District
- Rep. Ramon Rocamora, Siquijor Lone District
- Rep. Gabriel Bordado, Camarines Sur 3rd District
- Rep. Tom Villarin, Akbayan
- Rep. Emmanuel Billones, Capiz 1st District
- 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.
The CHR is set to receive only a budget of Php 1,000 for 2018. Mocha Uson's hair rebond is probably worth more than that.
— Parvati (@teztikelz) September 12, 2017
The congress decreasing the #CHR budget into Php 1,000 only proves how they don't value the rights of the Filipino people.
— dua lipad (@dragunstone) September 12, 2017
Php 1,000—the amount approved by PH Congress for CHR—the gov't body whose central purpose is to protect OUR human rights.
Let that sink in.
— Francis Baraan IV (@MrFrankBaraan) September 12, 2017
1,000 pesos for the entire CHR 2018 budget?! My govt is a joke. Kudos to those who stood their ground & voted against this. #GiveMyTaxToCHR
— Angela (@aeyelle) September 12, 2017
— Anton Valde (@AntonValde) September 12, 2017
Check if your Representative voted for the approval of CHR's 1,000-peso budget. If you feel this is wrong, then he does not represent you.
— Vberni Regalado (@yesitsvberni) September 12, 2017
Some even use the hashtag #CHRBudgetCheaper to compare the P1,000 budget to several items and illustrating how underfunded the CHR will be.
I pay a third of my salary to the government.
In return, they take away my human rights.#CHRbudgetcheaper
— Pablo Palacio Lee (@pablopalakol) September 12, 2017
#CHRBudgetCheaper than A FUCKING UBER RIDE FROM NORTH TO SOUTH IN THIS MESS OF A METROPOLIS
— TITA SHARK (@thysz) September 12, 2017
#CHRBudgetCheaper than Paolo Duterte’s wristwatch, and even much cheaper than a lazer operation to remove his tattoo.
— Francisco Montserrat (@fmontserrat) September 12, 2017
#CHRBudgetCheaper than what families of EJK victims pay to get the bodies back for funerals.
— Jeiel Aranal (@chemikhazi) September 12, 2017
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.
The CHR is a constitutional imperative and a necessity, however inconvenient it may be for some… I will fight to restore its budget!
— Chiz Escudero (@SayChiz) September 12, 2017
CHR is a necessity, the Constitution mandates it. Functions as a guardian against abuse of those in authority.
— JV Ejercito (@jvejercito) September 12, 2017
Am quite certain the Senate will give a more generous budget to the CHR, Commission on Human Rights. It is a body tasked to check abuse and
— Sonny Angara (@sonnyangara) September 12, 2017
— Bam Aquino (@bamaquino) September 12, 2017
Hindi kami papayag sa Senado sa inaprubahan ng House na P1000 budget para sa CHR.
— Kiko Pangilinan (@kikopangilinan) September 12, 2017
— Win Gatchalian (@WinGatchalian74) September 13, 2017
U may not agree ALL THE TIME w/ what CHR is doing since time immemorial but they hav a constitutional duty to protect our ppl against abuses
— Joel Villanueva (@senatorjoelv) September 12, 2017
I happen to be the sponsor of the CHR budget in the Senate, along with a few other agencies like the DND, ARMM, etc. I accept the challenge.
— PING LACSON (@iampinglacson) September 12, 2017
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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