MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will be known as an independent constitutional commission which will probe not only rights offenses committed by state agencies, including soldiers and policemen, but also by private entities, although it will not have the power to prosecute them. Former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr. abstained from voting as he has a relative working in the CHR, while Fr. In the proposal, the CHR would investigate human rights violations done by both the state agencies and so-called “private actors.”The proposed amendment also talked of violations to socioeconomic and environmental rights, the latter being proposed to be included in the Bill of Rights, as among those that CHR is mandated to probe. The current CHR mandate only probes violations of civil and political rights. Also proposed by the Concom is the inclusion of representatives from the marginalized sector, the indigenous people and environmental advocates in the composition of the CHR.
Source: Philippine Star April 16, 2018 15:21 UTC