Philippine House Defunds Commission on Human Rights

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Philippine House of Representatives has voted to give the Commission on Human Rights, a 2018 budget of only 1,000 pesos or about $20.

The Commission has repeatedly criticized President Rodrigo Duterte for the thousands of killings in his war on drugs.

The Department of Budget proposed funding of 678 million pesos for the commission.

However the House voted 119 to 32 to essentially defund the commission on Sept. 12.

The House also voted to give a 1,000 peso budget to the Energy Regulatory Commission and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has insisted that the Commission is not doing its job.

However, Representative Edcel Lagman said it would be unconstitutional to essentially abolish the constitutionally mandated agency by legislation.

The budget plan must be passed by the Senate before being submitted for President Duterte’s approval.