Bato as CHR chief? Anyone 'independent' can lead rights body - Gascon

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 20 2019 11:27 AM

MANILA - Anyone who is independent and committed to uphold human rights can lead the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), its chairman said Wednesday.

CHR chair Chito Gascon made the remark following Sen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa's statement that he could be the "most effective and efficient" human rights chief if given the chance.

Gascon said the appointment of the next chairman in 2022 would be up to the President.

"Ang dapat na mahirang na mga uupo sa CHR ay dapat sang-ayon sa international standards ng [United Nations] Paris Principles, nanggaling sa malawakang pakikilahok ng mga mamayan ang nominasyon, at dapat laging independiente ang postura ng komisyon dahil siya ay magbabantay sa mga pang-aabuso," he said.

(Those who should be appointed to the CHR should adhere to the international standards of Paris Principles, their nomination should come from the involvement of the public, and should always be independent because they are tasked to monitor abuses.)

"Kung kayang gawin po ito ng sinuman, senador man o ordinaryong mamamayan, basta panindigan nila yung independienteng komisyon para sa karapatang pantao."

(Anyone can do it, a senator or an ordinary citizen, as long as they maintain an independent commission on human rights.)

Dela Rosa, who previously led the administration's controversial drug war, has called on CHR to continue to fight for the rights of all, convicts included.

Senate President Tito Sotto earlier said he believes those who have committed heinous crimes have "given up their human rights." Gascon said every person is entitled to due process, according to the Constitution. 

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