AND SO THE REFRAIN these days is that the CHR has completely failed because it protects criminals but not their victims. It’s so ubiquitous, I’ve got LSS. It’s sung by government officers from the chief executive to the clerks; but it’s loudest in the House of Representatives where 119 members voted last week to grant the


WHY IS Rodrigo Duterte paralyzing the Commission on Human Rights? Why has he banned the PNP from sharing vital data with CHR investigators? Why is the House majority bent on depriving it of a budget? CONSTITUTIONAL CREATION The 1987 Constitution created the CHR to prevent the recurrence of government abuses rampant in the Marcos dictatorship. It is both a cure and a preventative.


FRONT AND CENTER in the news today was PNP Chief Bato dela Rosa’s defense of P/Supt. Robert Domingo, MPD Station 1 Commander, for maintaining the “makeshift” bartolina recently discovered by CHR personnel. “As long as hindi sinasaktan ang detainee, at hindi kinokotongan, okay lang sa akin iyon,” Rappler reported him saying. Bato added, “Hinahamon ko ang mga human