MANILA - “I could be the most effective and efficient CHR chairman kung bigyan nyo ako ng tsansa."
This was neophyte senator Ronald Dela Rosa’s reply to Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s observation that he could just be appointed as the next chief of the Commission on Human Rights, after the former stood up for convicts serving time at the New Bilibid Prison and the country’s various penal facilities, who “deserve a second chance.”
Dela Rosa, in his interpellation of Lacson during the plenary debates on CHR’s P863-million budget in 2020, said he emphatized with convicts of heinous crimes after their exclusion from the good conduct time allowance (GCTA), which could have been their pass to earlier release.
“I am for death penalty pero kung walang death penalty at nagbagong buhay ang convict by all means bigyan natin second [lease on life],” said Dela Rosa.
“Marami ngayon ang umiiyak sa loob (prison facilities), sir, gaganda na sana buhay namin, bago kami mamatay makatikim man lang ng fresh air sa labas ng Bilibid, pero ngayon na wala nang GCTA kwenta buhay namin,” he added.
“You should be appointed the next CHR chair,” Lacson quipped.
Dela Rosa called on CHR officials to continue to fight for the rights of all, convicts included.