CHR engages in deception, P1,000 budget is enough PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 September 2017 13:19



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people’s hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong…” (Eclessiastes 8:11, the Holy Bible).


CHR ENGAGES IN DECEPTION,  P1,000 BUDGET IS ENOUGH:  With due respect, the issue in the P1,000 a year budget given to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) by the House of Representatives is not “arrogance or abuse of power”. The issue is the outright deception being foisted by the CHR on thepublic, under its current leadership.

What is this “outright deception” by the CHR? It is its saying that CHR can investigate violations of human rights, as well as civil and political rights, only if the violators are government men, such as policemen or soldiers. That statement is a big lie, according to the 1987 Constitution—or the very law that created the Commission in the Philippines.

According to the Constitution, the CHR has the duty to investigate all—repeat, in capital letters, ALL—forms of violations of human rights, whether committed by men in government, or by those in the private sector. The P1,000 annual budget of the CHR is therefore fully appropriate, because it is not doing its duties and responsibilities anyway, as it is concerned merely with maligning the present administration.


CONSTITUTION REQUIRES CHR TO PROBE EVEN CRIMES BY PRIVATE PERSONS: For the information of all Filipinos with the end in view of setting the proper perspectives in discussing this issue, we shall now reproduce in this column the important parts of Section 18 (1),  Art. 13 of the 1987 Constitution, which provides for the principal power and duty, function, and responsibility of the CHR.

The Constitution categorically says: “The Commission on Human Rights shall have the following powers and functions: (1) Investigate, on its own or on complaint by any party, all forms of human rights violations involving civil and political rights…” Notice the use by the Charter of the words “all forms of human rights violations”—all encompassing enough to include any violator, whether government official or private person.

For our readers who can understand better in Filipino, this is what the Constitution translates to in our language: “Ang Commission on Human Rights ay mayroong mga kapangyarihan at tungkulin gaya ng mga sumusunod: (1) Imbestigahan, sa kanyang sariling pagkilos o batay sa reklamo ng ibang tao, ang lahat ng uri ng paglabag sa mga karapatang pantao kaugnay ng kanilang karapatang sibil at karapatang pampulitika…”


RIGHT TO LIFE, PART OF HUMAN RIGHTS: What, exactly, does the phrase “civil and political rights” of Filipino citizens that the Constitution of 1987 refers to? Let us try to determine the definition given to this phrase by Wikipedia, the Internet encyclopedia.

This is what Wikipedia says: “Civil and political rights are a class of rights that protect individuals’ freedom from infringement by governments, social organizations, and private individuals. They ensure one’s ability to participate in the civil and political life of the society and state without discrimination or repression…”

Among these rights, according to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, are the right to life, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, electoral rights and rights to due process and a fair trial. The end all and be-all of all these is the truth that the CHR is mandated to investigate crimes committed even by private persons, something that it had not been willing to do.


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