The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) admitted that it fears the possibility of receiving a ‘zero’ budget for the year 2018 following the Energy Regulatory Commission’s (ERC) Php 1,000 budget.
According to CHR Chairman Chito Gascon, their agency has sought for a Php 678 million budget for 2018, but threats of being given no funds at all from House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has caused for the agency some alarm.
Zamboanga City first District Representative Celso Lobregat, sponsored the ERC Php 1,000 budget, after meeting with House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
The House approved the measly budget for the ERC sending a message to the ERC to clean up its act following the allegations of corruption in the agency.
Gascon added that he is still hopeful that Alvarez would have a change of mind because of the CHR’s important role in the Philippine government.
The looming zero budget would be very untimely says Gasgon due to the piling cases of human rights violation in the country.
The CHR has been a strong critic of the Duterte administration following its campaign against illegal drug and criminality that has spurred the unexplained deaths of many suspected drug operators.