MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – All is not lost for the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights (CHR) after the House of Representatives slashed the agency’s 2018 budget from P678 Million to just P1,000.
The saving grace comes from two sitting senators on the opposite sides of the political spectrum.
Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV on Thursday pushed for the approval of his bill that would allow taxpayers to allocate five percent of their taxes to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).
Aquino said his Senate Bill No. 699 or the People’s Fund Bill gives taxpayers a chance to decide to which agency a portion of their taxes will go.
Almost simultaneously, Senator Manny Pacquiao filed Senate Bill No. 700 that would restore funding for CHR.
In his proposal, Pacquiao said that instead of adding more burden to the already-burdened Filipino taxpayers, all the sitting Senators should donate their 2018 salaries to CHR.
“If the Senate is so concerned about protecting the human rights of our citizens, we should be able to set the example by giving up our salaries so the CHR can continue to do its work,” the boxer-turned-Senator told The Adobo Chronicles.
The two proposed bills will come up for a vote on Monday.
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