Christian Cabatay
Sep 12, 2017

Commission on Human Rights (Philippines)

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The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is an independent office created under the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines, with the primary function of investigating all forms of human rights violations involving civil and political rights in the Philippines. The Philippines today has been a victim of President Duterte's "War on Drugs" and there have been a lot of injustices ever since the said war started and the Commission on Human Rights are the ones responsible in investigating these injustices, but just recently, the House of Representatives of the Philippines that serves as the governing body on the approval, rejection or revision of laws, proposals and budgets, approved the budget of the CHR for 2018, amounting only to 1000 pesos equal only to 20 dollars. Indeed an outrageous decision made by the House of Representatives which leads us to the question, will justice ever be served?

Rachna Shah
Sep 12, 2017

Why is the approved budget so low?

Christian Cabatay
Sep 23, 2017

Most of the people believe that the House of Representatives are under the President's control (someone who always criticized CHR). Although today the House appropriations panel have restored the original budget for CHR which was 508 million pesos.

Rachna Shah
Sep 23, 2017

It's good to hear that the budget was restored. Is this an increased or decreased budget compared to previous years?

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