Even if 2016 budget is reenacted: Alvarez stands firm on P1,000 allocation for CHR

  • House Speaker adamant on P1,000 budget for human rights commission
  • He admitted reenactment of CHR’s 2016 budget possible, but won’t be the first to budge
  • He also again called on CHR chair to resign, said there are many more qualified to handle post

MANILA, Philippines – If anyone blinks first, it won’t be him.

Admitting the remote possibility that the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)’s budget may be reenacted to its 2016 version, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez nevertheless said he will not budge on the P1,000 allocated by the House to the human rights body.

“Mahabang usapin ‘yan ang restoration.  Sa akin I do not discount the possibility na may madadagdag sa P1,000 budget pero ‘yung restoration medyo malabo siguro ‘yun,” he told GMA News. “Away-away na tayo dito. ‘Di na biruan ‘to.”

[The restoration is a long stretch. For me, I do not discount the possibility that the P1,000 budget will be augmented but the restoration is maybe a stretch. We’d be fighting. This is not a joke anymore.]

Under the 1987 Constitution, the previous year’s General Appropriations Act (GAA) will be reenacted if the Congress fails to pass the bill for the following fiscal year.

This means the CHR might again have a P728 million budget — millions more compared to the P648 million it requested for 2017.

Alvarez, an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, also again urged CHR Chairman Chito Gascon to resign for supposedly failing to carry out the commission’s constitutional mandate and said there are many more qualified than him to handle the post.

“Ang dami naman gustong magtrabaho diyan at naiintindihan ‘yung trabaho, ‘yun ang ipahandle natin ng chairmanship ng Commission on Human Rights to give it true direction in accordance with the mandate of the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines,” he said.

[There are many who want to work there and know the nature of the job, they are ones we should let handle the chairmanship of the Commission on Human Rights to give it true direction in accordance with the mandate of the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines.]

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