The House of Representatives, voting 119-32, has approved a budget of only P1,000 for the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for next year.
The chamber supported the move to gut the budget of the CHR, which originally faced only a 10-percent cut to its budget, or P649.48 million, proposed by the Department of Budget and Management.
For the past month, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has been threatening to scuttle the CHR's budget and render it ineffective for criticizing the thousands of killings and human rights abuses in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.
CHR Chair Jose Luis Martin Gascon ...
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