May araw rin kayo! UP’s Alvin Campomanes: P1k budget for CHR a brazen display of admin’s power
University of the Philippines history professor Alvin Campomanes has expressed his dismay at the politikos who voted to give a P1,000 budget to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for 2018.
In a Facebook post Tuesday (September 12), Campomanes noted that the police’s “Oplan Tokhang Reloaded” was given a P900-million budget for 2018 while Communications Secretary Mocha Uson receives a monthly salary of P106,000.
“Noon pa nating alam na walang pagpapahalaga sa karapatang pantao ang gobyernong ito. Ngunit ito’y garapal na pagpapamukha sa ating lahat ng kanilang kapangyarihan,” he said of the House’s decision to reduce the CHR’s proposed P678-million budget.
He urged the public to remember the names of all the 119 lawmakers who voted to give CHR a P1,000 budget instead of standing up for human rights and consequently, their constituents.
“May araw rin kayo. Titiyakin naming maitatala sa kasaysayan ang pakikipagsabwatan niyo sa berdugong administrasyong ito. Kamumuhian kayo ng mga susunod na henerasyon ng mga Pilipino, kasama ng mga anak at apo ninyo,” Campomanes warned.
Voting 119- 32, the House gave CHR a measly P1,000 budget during the plenary debates.
However, the fight is not yet over for CHR since the Senate will still have to deliberate on its budget, to be followed by a bicameral conference committee meeting between senators and House politikos.