By MAO BA? September 13,2017


Netizens were aghast and angry at Congress for voting 119–32 to allocate a P1,000 budget to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) which questioned the extrajudicial killings that occur in the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.

Hashtags like #CHRBudgetCheaper and #GiveMyTaxToCHR quickly went viral on Twitter.

Consing Ybanez commented, “Since the Congress easily voted yes to the budget, how about voting to lash out the budget of the Bureau of Customs, too? They have just allowed the entry of a P6.4 billion shipment of illegal drugs.”

Jacky Palacio Caballero also disapproved the vote. “What they did was wrong. They should not punish the agency, but the people managing it. Who will we turn to when our human rights are violated?”

However, there were also those who agreed with Congress. Jamie Craig said, “The CHR just lost the majority of public support because it got in the way of what people have been clamoring for so long. If they only played their cards right, it would’ve been a different story.”

James Labapis also said, “What’s the purpose of giving a huge budget to CHR. They’re actually not helping find justice for the innocent people. It would be better for them [CHR staff] to step down from their positions.”

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