Pacquiao wants CHR’s budget restored, says House just venting frustrations with P1,000 allocation

Image from Sen. Manny Pacquiao's Facebook account
  • Senator batting for restoration of CHR’s original proposed budget
  • He said Senate just needs to talk things out with the House of Representatives
  • He also said P1,000 allocation just lawmakers’ way of expressing their anger at CHR

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing senator Manny Pacquiao is batting for the restoration of the original budget proposed by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) following its P1,000 allocation from the House of Representatives.

“I-restore natin. Para sa akin, pag-usapan ulit kasi ang lower House, gusto nila P1,000. Dito naman sa Senate, P600 million, so pag-usapan na lang,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.

[Let’s restore it. For me, let’s talk again with the lower House. Here in the Senate, it’s P600 million, so let’s just talk.]

A staunch ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, Pacquiao suggested the lawmakers in the House were simply just venting their frustrations at the CHR for its perceived prejudice against the country’s law enforcers.

“Siguro ang pinaparamdam lang ng lower House sa tingin ko, siyempre government ang nag-funding sa ‘yo tapos inaatake mo ‘yung sarili mong pamamahay,” he said.

[Maybe those in the lower House are just expressing their anger, you’re being funded by the government then you’re attacking your own house.]

Pacquiao added that some officials in the CHR were also to blame for the measly allocation for being outspoken against the administration.

“May sumusobra lang sa ginagawa nila. Minsan kasi may mga pangyayari na nabibintang agad doon sa ating administrasyon na wala namang kinalaman ‘yung mga gano’n.”

[There are those who are going too far with what they do. Sometimes there are incidents that are immediately being blamed on our administration despite it having no role in those.]

Several senators, including allies of the administration and opposition, have vowed to iron out the issue when they meet with their House counterparts in the bicameral committee.