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Duterte drug war: Philippines cuts rights body's budget to $20
|Last Edited||RP Sep 12, 2017 12:15pm|
|News Date||Tuesday, September 12, 2017 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||Lawmakers in the Philippines have voted to give an annual budget of just 1,000 pesos ($20; £15) to the public body investigating the country's controversial war on drugs. |
The cut to the budget of the Commission on Human Rights was supported by a margin of 119 to 32 in Congress.
The Commission on Human Rights, which has been investigating the killings, initially requested a budget of 1.72bn pesos ($34m; £25m) for 2018, but the government proposed less than half of that.
On the second reading of the legislation, Congress voted for the figure to be cut to just 1,000 pesos, a massive cut from 2017's budget of 749m pesos.