“Is looking for public money being wasted, damaging and hurting the Philippines, it was better off setting its sights on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, which he has admitted has failed to curtail addiction rates even as it has created a climate of fear and insecurity, feeding impunity, and undermining the constitutional fabrics of the country,” Callamard said.
“The people of the Philippines deserve a strong independent human rights institution able to monitor, investigate, and report on human rights violations, protect victims and their families, and hold the powerful to account for their abuses of international human rights standards,” she added.
Callamard added that CHR is unable to work or conduct a proper investigation of CHR on human rights violations if it is not properly funded. CHR plays a major role in this case.
“CHR is a crucial institution for the Philippines: for human rights protection, the rule of law, accountability… It cannot deliver on its mandate without an appropriate budget, particularly at a time when it is confronted with allegations of massive human rights violations throughout the country, and including, but not only, in the context of the ill-advised, destructive ‘war on drugs’,”