Celso explains favoring P1,000 budget for CHR PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 September 2017 14:19

House of Representatives Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, Congressman Celso Lobregat explained his basis in supporting the position of the house leadership in giving a P1,000 budget to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

Lobregat said that the CHR has to prove its worth and impartiality in the conduct of investigations on alleged human right violations committed by the enemies of the state and not to pin down its counterparts in the government service like the soldiers and policemen who are defending the country and maintain the peace and order.

Lobregat recalled that during the deliberations for the extension of the martial law in Mindanao, He rose on the floor to highlight CHR’s bias towards alleged violations of soldiers and policemen. He asked about the human rights violations committed by terrorists and rebels as well which were not given justice. The Mamasapano massacre, Zamboanga and the Marawi siege are clear examples, he said.

During that deliberation on the floor, Lobregat also cited during his manifestation, the various violations of human rights inflicted by the enemies of the state, in which for him, is a clear violation which the government should not undermine.

“Ilangsundalo and napugutan ng ulo?Hindi bayan violation ng Human Rights yon?Ilang kidnappings meronsa Mindanao, and gyerasaMarawi kung saanna-displace and mgapamilya, mgabata ay hindinakapag-aral at nawalansila ng tahanan at hanapbuhay, hindiba violation ng human rights yon? Ito angmgabagaynasiyangdahilan kungbakitkailangang ma-extend ang martial law sa Mindanao hanggangsa December 31,2017,” Lobregat stressed.

The Zamboanga solon said that the issue here is not about the agency itself, but about the position and function of the head of the CHR and its personnel who are reportedly bias against the intensified campaign against drugs by the Duterte administration. (Dexter Yap/PR)