European business group worried over CHR budget

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 14 2017 03:47 PM | Updated as of Sep 14 2017 05:33 PM

MANILA - European businessmen on Thursday expressed concern over the House of Representatives' endorsement of a P1,000 budget for the Commission on Human Rights.

Such a move would not send a good message to foreign investors, said European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines president Guenter Taus.

"It's the common understanding everybody not only us. You want to make sure human rights are respected. And a 1,000-peso budget for a department that is very vital to international reputation doesn't really send the right signals," he told reporters.

"Well until such time it is corrected, it certainly is a big issue. I really don't think this is sustainable to keep the department on a budget of P1,000 so I am very sure and hopeful that this will be corrected," he said.

Opposition senators have pledged to block the P1,000 budget endorsed by the House on the CHR, which had repeatedly criticized President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

Both chambers of Congress need to reconcile their respective versions of the budget before Duterte can sign it into law.

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said he hoped lawmakers would resolve the budget standoff.

Asked about a potential reenactment of the 2017 budget next year, Diokno said, "I don't think it will happen." -- from a report by Warren de Guzman, ABS-CBN News