Commission on Human Rights chairman Chito Gascon on Monday reiterated that he will not quit from his post following calls of some government officials that he should resign amid the budget cuts of the agency.
“I’m sorry ‘di po ‘ko bibitiw kung ‘yun lamang po ang panawagan ni Speaker,” Gascon said.
“Dahil sa ganitong demand na bumitiw at hino-hostage kami ng budget process, sa aking pagbitiw sa ganitong sirkumstansiya, hihina ‘yung abilidad ng komisyon bilang independiyenteng constitutional office,” Gascon added.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Gascon is not doing his job. On Gascon’s refusal to resign from his post, Alvarez said: “Eh kapal nga ng mukha niyan eh. Alam mo nang hindi mo ginagawa ‘yung trabaho mo ay nagpupumilit ka pang…kapit-tuko ka pa rin diyan sa posisyon mo.”
Earlier, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said the CHR chief should resign, accusing the agency of not caring about the victims of suspected drug personalities.
Senator Vicente Sotto also made remarks that Gascon should resign if he does not agree with the policies of the Duterte administration.
Voting 119 to 32, the House of Representatives reduced the CHR’s budget from P678 million to P1,000.