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Sickly Ate Vi bucks P1K budget for CHR: They need more to probe EJKs

Sep 13, 2017 @ 18:06

Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos has opposed the House of Representatives’ decision to give a P1,000-budget to the Commission on Human Rights.

Santos’ son, Luis Manzano, made her sentiment known in a tweet posted Wednesday (September 13).

He said his mother was unable to vote in the plenary because she was “almost confined” on Tuesday (September 12) “and was/is on meds.”

Nevertheless, Santos said in her text that she is against slashing CHR’s budget.

“They have a duty to perform as mandated by the Constitution. With so much crimes/EJK (extrajudicial killings)- they need more resources to these investigations. Ito ang isang ahensya na tumutulong sa karapatang pantao!” she said.

Voting 119-32, the House voted to reduce the CHR’s budget for 2018 to P1,000.

The agency’s budget, however, will still have to be discussed by the Senate and the bicameral conference committee.

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