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Ping to fight for CHR’s 2018 budget in Senate; Magkaalaman na!

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The Commission on Human Rights may still get its full budget for 2018 even after the House of Representatives slashed it to just P1,000 – if Sen. Panfilo Lacson can help it.

In a tweet Tuesday night, Lacson said he accepts the “challenge” of sponsoring the budget of the CHR for next year in the Senate.

Aside from the CHR, Lacson is also the sponsor of the budgets of other agencies including the Department of National Defense and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

“I happen to be the sponsor of the CHR budget in the Senate, along with a few other agencies like the DND, ARMM, etc. I accept the challenge,” he said.

Earlier, Lacson questioned the slashing by the House of Representatives of the CHR’s 2018 budget of P678 million to just P1,000.

In posts on his Twitter account, Lacson noted that while the CHR budget was cut to P1,000, the total budget approved by the House of Representatives did not reflect the slash.

“(PHP)678M CHR budget reduced to 1K but House version of 2018 nat’l budget stays at 3.767T. It’s interesting to find out how the 677M was chopped,” Lacson said in a tweet.

“Sorry, not 677M but 677.999M,” he added.

Earlier, Lacson vowed to guard the 2018 budget to make sure it does not go to the pork barrel of some lawmakers.

Only last August, Lacson said he found P4.8 billion in pork-like items in the 2018 budget, which he said could fund the recently signed law granting free tuition to state colleges and universities next year.

Last year, Lacson found P8.3 billion in pork-like items that could have gone to congressmen in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

When he stood his ground in having the amount excised, the Senate eventually had the amount go to free tuition to SUCs this year.


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