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May hugot pero pursigido: Here’s why Ping vows to restore CHR budget

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While he has his own complaints about the Commission on Human Rights, Sen. Panfilo Lacson will still fight to undo the House of Representatives’ slashing of the agency’s budget to P1,000.

Lacson bared Thursday his complaint dates back to his law enforcement days, when the CHR would keep quiet if communist New People’s Army rebels kill government troops, but would probe killings of NPAs by troops.

“Noong nasa law enforcement ako yan ang aking hinaing. Pag napatay ang AFP ng NPA walang kibo ang CHR. Pero pag napatay ang NPA agad-agad nariyan sila nagiimbestiga,” he said in an interview on DWIZ radio.

But he said the CHR eventually explained that there is a presumption that police and soldiers “can amply protect themselves.”

More importantly, Lacson said the CHR is created by the Constitution, and can be abolished only by amending the Charter.

“Dahil created ito ng Constitution at ito naman tinitignan natin na pinagaralang mabuti ng framers ng Constitution, sino tayo para question-in ito maliban kung gusto natin i-amend ang charter at i-abolish sa pamamagitan ng pag amend ng ating Constitution?” he said.