1000 pesos is a princely sum for a non-value-adding agency like @CHRPhilippines

It is really up to Chito Gascon, head of the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to convince the Filipino people why his organisation deserves to be allotted more than 1,000 pesos this year. Congress, after all, are made up of popularly-elected representatives of the Filipino people. As such, their decision to grant this sum to the CHR is representative of what Filipinos want.

If one considers what the CHR actually do, 1,000 pesos is a princely sum. The CHR is, essentially, a redundant organisation. A third wheel. Its presence alone reminds Filipinos that theirs is an inefficient Third World nation — a society where you need watchdogs to watch the watchdogs who watch the police. The issue of “human rights” cannot be solved by kluges such as the CHR, however. It should be addressed by fixing law enforcement and the criminal justice system. But rather than focus resources on the root causes of social injustice and developing systemic solutions, somebody came up with the bright idea of creating the CHR.

We can thank Cory Aquino’s 1987 Yellowtard Constitution for the waste of space that is the CHR. Because Filipinos were so high on anti-police and anti-military opiates back in 1987 following their “people power revolution”, they regarded their police and military as the problems and not the potential solutions that they should have been regarded as. So, the geniuses of the time thought, well, let’s throw in a couple hundred million bucks to employ permanent “human rights advocates” to watch over the police and the army. Unfortunately, instead of an objective advocate, what they essentially created was a political animal.

The CHR was, in short, born of politics and will, ultimately, die of politics.

Indeed, in hindsight, it is now easy to see that hatred for the police and the army is primarily politically-motivated. It is an outcrop of Martial Law Crybabyism — because the “victors” of that 1986 coup d’etat built their slogans on a rebellion rhetoric that demonises the police and the military. It is on that hatred that the CHR built its brand and value proposition — that Filipinos can run and make sumbong to them if they are harassed by state forces. Like shamans, priests, and fortune tellers, the CHR thrives in a society that believes in ghosts and superstition. When a society matures into a more secular and level-headed one, religion and shamanism are out the door. When Filipinos build professional police and military forces, the CHR is out the door.

Seeing that Filipinos are once again warming to the police and the army and are led by a president who puts their soldiers’ and policemen’s welfare above that of crooks and rebels, the CHR’s time to dismantle itself has come. If they don’t do it themselves, somebody will do it for them. It seems that Congress has taken that first step.

That said, what is a professional CHR chief executive to do? Simple. Don’t do what Chito Gascon is doing by being a crybaby about the whole thing. Gascon is a relic of a time when the CHR was a successfully-manufactured beacon of morality and, as such, goes about his job with a sense of entitlement. Under his watch (and predecessors who carried with them that same sense of entitlement), the CHR became akin to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) — an institution that remains too comfy with a sense of entitlement to a moral ascendancy they no longer possess. If the CHR is to regain its relevance, it needs to professionalise and disengage from politics. The police and army have done the same — perhaps not to the standards many of us would like to see it achieve, but are evolving nonetheless.

The same cannot be said about the CHR and its cousin in self-entitlement, the CBCP both of which have yet to shed their organisational cultures of moral pomposity and evolve into modern institutions that do not insult the intelligence of the Filipino people as a matter of routine.

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lilo
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I agree 100%. Even P1,000 is too much for the useless, partisan yellow agency that the CHR has become. The CHR doesn’t care about human rights at all. They’re just using human rights as a tool for discrediting Duterte’s drug war and destabilizing the government. As a taxpayer and law-abiding citizen, I want to say thank you to the House of Representatives for delivering the bitchslap to the CHR that I and many others like me have been wanting to land on Chito Gascon’s face since last year. Like the PCGG, CHR has been around for 30 years. What has… Read more »
Pallacertus
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Why am I not surprised that you fucks here are gonna be behind this?

You don’t even bother to hide behind Duterte’s contempt for Gascon, whether that itself is pretense or not — you state more or less outright that abuses by the government and its police and armed forces must remain unchecked, for of course they only kick the shit and fleece the shit and shoot the shit outta the people they’re supposed to serve and protect for the good of us hard-headed idiots.

Well, fuck that, and fuck you.

Kuroto Dan
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@Pallacertus:

If the CHR would be fair on what they do then none of this would’ve happened. Unfortunately, under Gascon’s leadership, the CHR now turned into a shady political organization where they only go for selective cases to further their own political agendas.

All because of one Chito Gascon.

Hyden007Toro43443.999
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Hyden007Toro43443.999
The Commission on Human Rights, does not do its job, as its name state. It was created by Cory Aquino, to “Witch Hunt” her political enemies…it is a political tool of the Aquino Cojuangco political axis , to harass, its political enemies. It was even used by the nymphomaniac and drug dealer, Leila De Lima; and her sidekick, the “Trililing” Trillanes, to witch hunt cases of Extra Judicial Killings, to impeach Pres. Duterte. There are cases of massacres, during the Aquino regime era like the: Hacienda Luisita massacre, the Mendiola Massacre, the Lumad massacre, the Mamapasano massacre, etc… Did the… Read more »
marius
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>> I don’t want my taxpayer money to be wasted in this manner ! You’d rather see it wasted in a hundred other ways, right? ANOTHER article about the CHR? Come on. The CHR are guilty of nothing more than being toothless (they do not, as far as I know, have any power of enforcement), and that’s hardly their fault. How about taking aim at some of the other pointless organisations that makes this country what it is? The country is awash with government-funded bodies with complicated acronyms and no apparent purpose. They all get a bit of tax money… Read more »
ChinoF
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I actually feel bad about the CHR, but not because of the budget. It’s indeed for that one flaw, its being toothless. It was debilitated by the very law that created it, the 1986 constitution. To give it teeth, you might have to touch the constitution.

Hyden007Toro9999.999
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marius:

If a government office, like the Commission of Human Rights is being used by political opportunists, like the Aquino Cojuangco political axis, to “Witch Hunt” its political enemies. Then, abolish the office immediately.

It has not proven its worth, other than being a Political Tool !

marius
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@benign0: I’d be happy to give that a go, but I do value my anonymity. So far, I’ve had two death threats and one narrow escape from actually being sliced up and dumped in the river (by the local “authorities”), which does tend to affect the way I express myself in public. I have no online presence to speak of. This is not, I hasten to add, because I deal shabu, run a shady bar, or plot revolution. I just get on with my life and occasionally ask my neighbors to stop sabotaging that modest goal; which, as I’m sure… Read more »
marius
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@Hyden: fair point, but as per benign0’s other article on the subject, you could level that accusation against 95% of government departments. The CHR, being powerless, cannot be much of a “political tool”. The CHR is a screwdriver with the handle missing. The BOC, on the other hand, is a chainsaw.

Kuroto Dan
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@ChinoF:

Actually, the CHR is mandated by law to investigate ALL kinds of human rights violations. But all I see right now is that they’re thoroughly one-sided, especially under Chito Gascon’s leadership.

HYden007Toro99999.999
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HYden007Toro99999.999
@Marius: As I had stated, the CHR is being used as a Political Tool , by the Aquino Cojuangco political axis. It is doing “Selective Investigations”, on killings, murders and massacres. It focuses its investigations and “witch hunts” , on the political enemies of the Aquino Cojuangco political axis. If the killings , massacres, killings and murders are done by the Aquino Cojuangco, political axis: it does not investigate… We are paying them, with our taxpayers’ money. It is a scam by the Aquino Cojuangco family and political axis, in creating this government agency. It is being used , as… Read more »
def
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finally chr is done! now we need to make sure they get jailed and executed for treason. Next step is to kill all yellowtards especially who voted for mar roxas. they are all drug addicts and need to be eradicated in this society.

def
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human rights is such a farce. we can all go back to when people are killing each other

marius
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Hyden: just because you state something doesn’t mean it’s true. Typical Filipino logic.

When it comes to being scammed, Filipinos are the ideal victims. You can tell them any old nonsense and they’ll believe it. I’m endlessly hearing stories about idiots who have sold the carabao to “invest” in some dumbass scheme. A year later they’ll do exactly the same thing again.

Tell Filipinos the truth, and they’ll accuse you of working for the CIA. Or kill you, like def there.

Hyden007Toro9999.999
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@marius:

It is up to the readers to determine, if I’m telling them the Truth or not. I always tell the Truth…

If they believe me: Thanks…because, they are using their common sense !

If they don’t believe me: then, it is their decision. I do not force anybody to read my blogs, or believe in me.

Why are you bothered with my blogs ? Does it hurt you, of what I put in my blogs?

salagintong bukid
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Yellowtards! you are now being called to donate 5 per cent of your earnings for your cause. not us. we will donate ours to fight drugs, corruptions, and criminality.

marius
Guest

>> Does it hurt you, of what I put in my blogs?
Hyden: Yes. it causes me physical pain to see human beings writing illiterate, illogical nonsense. It makes me despair for the future of the human race.

klara
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Why should people give their money to a gov’t agency when its head aligns himself with a political faction that is showing signs of involvement in narcopolitics?

martiallol
Guest

Mmm, if CHR is redundant, which specific department has the supposed role of “protecting human rights” ?

salagintong bukid
Guest

no one can blame the yellow dynasty because when ninoy asking the pilipinos to oust marcos no one came to help him. they blamed it to the people. the edsa revolution is not enough, it’s too late.

Hyden007Toro9997.99
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@marius:

Truth hurts, especially, if you are a running dog of the Aquino Cojuangco political axis. And you cannot satisfy what they want you to do, to divert the issues of their evil deeds … You and they, just cannot stand the Truth of their evilness !

p0p0y
Guest

Are you now claiming that there was no case of military and police abuse during martial law? Get your head out of the sand please

GenmMan
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@p0p0y:

Are also claiming that there was no case of military and police abuse AFTER the Martial law years and beyond, even after 1986? Take and eat your own shit please since you’re just here to TROLL on this site.

As expected from a Yellowtard like yourself…

d_forsaken
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Anything that just costs money is cheap.

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