MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Senator Risa Hontiveros is fast gaining the reputation as a fierce fighter for all human rights. ‘All’ meaning the rights of law-abiding citizens, criminals, terrorists, and yes, even communists.
Soon after Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chair Chito Gascon said that his agency will be monitoring developments in connection with President Duterte’s announcement terminating peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines and New Peoples’ Army, Hontiveros went right to work.
The lady Senator filed a bill that creates the Communist Human Rights Commission (CHRC) that will work to ensure that the rights of Communists and other groups out to destabilize the government will be fully protected.
As proposed by Hontiveros, the CHRC will be independent of CHR. They will be co-equal Commissions with their own respective budgets, staff and resources.