MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Commissioner Chito Gascon of the Commission on Human Rights is crying foul and is accusing the House of Representatives of violating his human rights.
Gascon’s accusation came just days after the House voted to reduce the commission’s budget from millions of pesos to exactly P1,000. That’s ONE THOUSAND PESOS.
Asked by The Adobo Chronicles which of his human rights Congress violated, Gascon responded:
“My basic human right to earn money and make a living. How can you expect me to survive with a salary of P1,000 a year?”
Gascon plans to appeal the House decision, but in the meantime he says he has applied with the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4 Ps) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Among others, the program aims to provide cash assistance to address short-term financial need of poor Filipinos.