Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) — The proposed budgets of three agencies next year, which shrunk to P1,000, will be restored after all.
The House Appropriations Committee released a statement on Wednesday, saying the restoration of the budgets of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), and National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) were approved “after the respective heads of the three offices appealed to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.”
House Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas and Appropriations chairman Karlo Nograles mediated between Alvarez and and CHR Chairman Chito Gascon, ERC Commissioner Geronimo Sta. Ana, and NCIP Chair Leonor Oralde-Quintayo.
“The Speaker basically told Chairman Gascon that we are not the enemy. The Duterte government is not the enemy. We are one with the CHR in the fight against all forms of human rights violations but they must start looking also at the violations committed by criminals and insurgents,” Nograles said.
The CHR’s …