Siquijor solon lauds restoration of CHR’s budget, says House able to “correct” itself

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Siquijor Rep. Rav Rocamora has lauded the restoration of the proposed 2018 budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), saying that the House of Representatives was able to “correct” its error.

The lower chamber earlier voted to reduce the 2018 budget of CHR to a mere P1,000, but House Appropriation chairman Rep. Karlo Nograles said that the committee was given a greenlight to restore the commission’s budget.

“We laud the exercise of wisdom taken by the House leadership in listening and acting on the demand of the people to restore the 2018 budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR),” said Rocamora.

“The House of Representatives was able to correct the error of reducing the CHR’s budget to 1,000 pesos with the pressure from their constituents. The public exercised their democratic right to protect our institutions and human rights,” he added.

Rocamora earlier warned that giving the CHR a P1,000 budget is tantamount to abolishing it and the move might face legal issues before the Supreme Court.

“I laud the people for using the means at their disposal to explain to the duties and functions of the CHR to their fellow citizens. I hope that further engagement and dialogue with our fellow countrymen will continue not just for the protection of our constitution but also for the deepening of our democracy,” the Siquijor solon said.