A few celebrities have spoken out against the P1,000 budget, approved by 119 lawmakers, to be given to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in 2018.
KAMI learned about their reaction from their respective Twitter accounts.
Bianca Gonzales pointed out that the budget is not enough to pay for bills and the salary of its staff.
“So hindi maa-afford ng #CHR ang magbayad ng kuryente, tubig at internet ng isang buwan. AY. Wala din palang masweswelduhan ni isang staff,” Bianca wrote.
Dingdong Dantes also shared his frustration that only 32 lawmakers in the congress voted against the P1,000 budget.
“Buti si Rep. Atienza of Buhay--among many others-- voted against it. Ay teka, 32 nga lang pala sila. How in the world can that be alright?” Dingdong posted.
TV5 star Jun Sabayton also cried foul over the issue.
“Pera ng taong bayan yan, galing sa tax hindi niyo pera yan 119 na Kongresman. May karapatan ako sa desisyon na yan mga hayop.
“Sa mga 119 Kongresman, mas matutuwa kami sa inyo kung itinaas niyo ang sahod ng mga mangagawa ng 1000 Pesos,” Jun commented.
As for Lipa City Representative Vilma Santos, she clarified that she was against the budget but that she was not able to vote against it because she was sick.
“I am against cutting the budget of the CHR. The commission has a duty to perform its constitutional mandate.
“With so many crimes/EJK – it needs more resources for these investigations. Ito ang isang ahensya na tumutulong sa karapatang pangtao!
“I wasn’t able to attend yesterday’s session cause I had an ulcer attack. Am under medication. But will work today,” Vilma said in a text message.
KAMI wants to remind you that protecting human rights is a responsibility of all of us and that it should be taken very seriously!