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Duterte: Gascon to blame for CHR woe

  • Written by Efren Montano
  • Published in Nation
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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte insisted that he had no hand in the House majority decision to give the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) a measly budget of P1,000 for 2018.

The President instead tossed the blame to CHR chairperson Chito Gascon for the House’s move to slash the Budget department’s proposed P678 million outlay for the CHR.

“He had it coming,” the President said, stressing that Gascon earned the ire of the congressmen because “he opens his mouth in a most inappropriate way.”

He also slammed Gascon, whom he called “stupid,” for favoring the “yellow,” the political color of opposition Liberal Party.

“Gascon, since he is pro-yellow, he opens his mouth in a most inappropriate way and he conducts the business of being CHR. He does not know everything,” the President said after his visit to a slain soldier’s wake at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.

“If you are not sure of yourself or where you stand, you might as well just maybe shut up.
    
“Congress gave his office P1,000 because Congress was infuriated at him,” he added.
    
On Tuesday, a total of 119 lawmakers approved to allocate P1,000 budget for CHR next year while 32 voted against the proposal.
    
The CHR received the meager budget as it has been critical of the current administration’s war on illegal drugs that already killed thousands of individuals.
    
The P1,000 budget for CHR, however, is still subject to possible changes since it will be deliberated on by the Bicameral Conference Committee and reconciled with the Senate’s proposed budget for the commission.
    
To his credit, despite his differences with the CHR, Duterte agreed that the House of Representatives should look into their decision to give a P1,000 budget to the commission.
    
“Since it is really an organ of government, it’s in the Constitution, maybe someday, they (lawmakers) might change their decision. I’m not here to destroy institutions,” he said.