119 lawmakers approved on second reading to allocate P1,000 for CHR’s 2018 budget while 32 voted against the proposal. The House-approved budget is way below what the Commission originally proposed: P678 million.
The decision by legislators, however, does not mean that the Commission will get only the small amount for the coming fiscal year. The budget will still go through another round of deliberations in the Senate.
CHR Chair Chito Gascon said the commission will keep doing its job and is not giving up his position which he will hold until May 2022. He can be replaced only through impeachment.
CHR is the third agency to receive P1,000 from the Lower House, after the the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and Energy Regulatory Commission.
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