In an article posted by Manila Bulletin, aside from the Commission on Human Rights, two other government agencies were given a budget of P1,000 each for next year.
One of the two agencies is the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) which received the budget due to its supposed failure to protect the human rights of people and minority groups of the country.
Another agency is the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) which was accused of corruption that resulted to the suicidal tendencies of ERC Director, Francisco Jose Villa Jr.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, the Executive Branch proposes the budget, and the Congress is responsible for deciding what amount will be allocated to the departments and offices of the government.
It is also emphasized that the budget is part of the government system’s checks and balances.
Last Tuesday, there are 119 lawmakers who voted in support of giving the CHR a budget of P1,000 while there are only 32 lawmakers who disagree with it.
It can be remembered that the CHR originally proposed a budget of P678 million for 2018 but House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said that a budget of P1000 is only suitable for the agency since it failed to serve its purpose.