The Philippines places the value of human rights at $20

The Philippines places the value of human rights at $20

The recent killing of a schoolboy who was dragged into an alley and shot in the head by plains-clothed policeman on 16 August was described by the Minister of Justice as "an isolated case", Zeid said in his opening statement at the 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday.

"Mr. Al Hussein's broad references about the supposed policies of the President run counter to what he continues to pronounce", Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.

The CHR deserved a low budget for being a "useless" body and defending criminals' rights, house speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, a close ally of Duterte, said in a television interview.

The budget cut now needs to be passed by the Senate, which is dominated by Duterte loyalists, before being sent to the president for a signature.

More than 7,000 people have been killed since President Duterte launched his war on drugs previous year, according to Human rights group Amnesty International.

In a vote yesterday, about four-fifths of lower house members present supported the move to cut the budget to nearly nil, in what critics of the anti-drugs campaign call retaliation for the agency's efforts to investigate thousands of killings over the past 15 months, Reuters reports.

The commission has heavily criticised Duterte's war on drugs, which has seen thousands killed without trial under his anti-drug crackdown.

Thirty-two minority lawmakers opposed the measure, said Congressman Edcel Lagman, adding that the president's supporters were "virtually imposing the death penalty on a constitutionally created and mandated independent office".

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Abella mentioned that the President has "categorically and repeatedly" denied the existence of a shoot-to-kill order, furthering that drug killings are all subject to investigations.

Congress voted to slash that to just 1,000 pesos, a huge cut from the 2017 budget of 749 million.

The agency has long complained it lacks manpower and resources to fully investigate the killings. However, the brutal campaign has maintained the support of many Filipinos exhausted of drug-driven crime in the country. The police reject that and say they kill only in self-defence.

"Asking me to resign would lead to essentially making the institution forever at the mercy of politics".

He said that he may take the issue to the Supreme Court.

Representative Rodante Marcoleta said the commission should also be investigating rights abuses committed by communist rebels and Islamist militants.

Meanwhile, the interior ministry proposed late last month to increase the police budget for anti-narcotics operations to $17.58 million, an increase of 4,400 percent.

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