Vice President Leni Robredo has opposed calls to abolish the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), warning that such move will strip the ordinary Filipino, especially the poor, of their protection against abuses.
Robredo, a lawyer, told reporters in Camarines Sur Friday (July 28) that the CHR is a constitutional body tasked to prevent human rights abuses and hold those who commit such violations accountable.
“Kaya nagkaroon ng CHR para may sandata iyong mahihirap na mayroong kakampi sa kanila, mayroong mangangalaga ng kanilang mga karapatan kapag sila ay naaabuso, kapag ang kanilang karapatang pantao ay naaabuso, ng mga kawani ng gobyerno,” she said.
“Kung i-a-abolish iyong CHR, parang lalo nating hindi binibigyan ng proteksyon iyong mga dati nang naghihirap sa ating lipunan,” Robredo added.
President Rodrigo Duterte said the CHR was “better abolished” in a press conference after his State of the Nation Address (SONA) Monday (July 24).
He made the comment as he continued to defend members of the military and the police amid allegations of human rights violations.