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Recto to Alvarez: ‘If there’s no EJK, why be afraid of giving CHR budget?’

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If there​ is no state-sponsored extrajudicial killing (EJKs), then the government should ​not ​be afraid of providing more resources to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Friday said.

Recto addressed the statements of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who stood firm in the House of Representatives’​ ​P1,000 buget allocation of CHR next year​. The Senate earlier approved in the committee level ​the​ proposed P678 million budget​ of the CHR.​

Such position by Alvarez, if adopted by the lower house in the bicameral conference committee, could result in a stalemate in the budget deliberations.

The Senate leader noted that the CHR is a duly constituted office whose mandate is to protect human rights.

“(But) it cannot be denied that there are too many killings including children,” he pointed out.

“I believe the President when he says he has not ordered it. But it is highly possible that there are rogue policemen abusing their authority. Let’s strengthen all institutions of government, including the CHR,” Recto said even urging Alvarez to “relax lang.”