The House of Representatives gives a P1, 000 budget to Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for 2018, effectively rendering it useless.
They had to vote three times before a final ruling was made — twice through voice or viva voce and the last by each member standing to indicate a vote.
With a vote of 119 in the affirmative, 32 in the negative, the House approved 1-SAGIP party-list Representative Rodante Marcoleta’s motion to reduce the agency’s budget from P678 million to P1,000.
According to Reps. Raul Del Mar (1st district, Cebu) who sponsors the agency’s budget, and Edcel Lagman (1st district, Albay) said giving the CHR a P1, 000 budget would mean abolishing it.
“CHR can no longer function on such ridiculous amount. We are actually abolishing, which we don’t have the power to do so,” Del Mar said.
On the other hand, Ateinza said that instead of providing it with measly P1, 000 budget, the house should even give CHR a budget of P2 billion.
Meanwhile, CHR is the third agency to receive only a P1,000 from the Lower House, after the Energy Regulatory Commission and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.
The administration plans to have President Rodrigo Duterte sign a new budget law before the next fiscal year begins in January.