Sotto to Gascon: Don’t like the president? Then leave gov’t

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  • Senator urged CHR chair to leave gov’t if he disagrees with president or his policies
  • He advised Gascon to reflect, said maybe he’s being the problem for the CHR
  • Sotto also said CHR should focus on its role, not on the gov’t’s war on drugs

MANILA, Philippines – With the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)’s budget in jeopardy, Sen. Tito Sotto urged Chairman Chito Gascon to step down and leave the government if he keeps on disagreeing with President Rodrigo Duterte or his policies.

“Stop barking at the President or the policies of the government. Policy ng Presidente ‘yan eh. Kung ayaw mo no’n, eh ‘di umalis ka,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying. “Kasi naman kung ikaw nagtatrabaho ka sa isang gobyerno at hindi mo gusto mga polisiya ng namumuno, eh ‘di umalis ka at tsaka mo pintasan.”

[Stop barking at the President or the policies of the government. That’s the president’s policy. If you don’t like it, then leave. Because if you work for a government and you don’t like the policies of its leaders, then you leave first before you can criticize.]

Sotto then urged Gascon to reflect and ponder whether the CHR’s problems was really because of him.

“Siguro naman dapat mag-isip isip din si Chairman na siya nagiging balakid for the entire commission,” he said.

[Maybe the Chairman should think that he’s the one causing problems for the entire commission.]

The senator then said the CHR should focus on its job rather than scoring the government in order to save its budget.

“Ang magandang kilos ng CHR, ‘yung mga insidente, ‘yon ang asikasuhin nila nang husto, hindi ‘yung policy ng gobyerno which is the war on drugs. Kung ‘yon tinitira mo eh talagang hindi kayo magkakasundo at talagang hindi kayo magugustuhan ng mga congressmen,” he said.

[The CHR should focus on its good points, rather than on the policy of the government which is the war on drugs. If that’s what you’re after then the congressmen won’t agree or want you.]