Published: 5:52 p.m., Sept. 12, 2017 | Updated: 7:57 p.m., Sept. 12, 2017
The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to give a P1,000 budget to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for 2018, a critical government agency that Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez had threatened leaving with a measly 2018 budget.
During the House budget plenary debates, at least 119 lawmakers voted to approve the P1,000 budget for the CHR.
Only 32 lawmakers voted against it.
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The decision of the House to gut the CHR budget from the proposed P649.484 million (inclusive of retirement and life insurance program) down to P1,000 apparently was the result of Alvarez making good his word to give the commission, long critical of the administration’s war on drugs, a measly budget, which would render it ineffective in its operations next year.
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During the plenary debate, 1-Sagip Rep. Rodante …
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