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Rappler Talk: Chito Gascon on PH outside International Criminal Court

Feb 06, 2019 - 3:00 PM

CHR Chairperson Chito Gascon sits down with Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug on Wednesday, February 6, to discuss what the future holds for the Philippines as a non-member of the International Criminal Court

HOAX: CHR chair says 'rights of NPA rebels should not be violated'

Dec 10, 2018 - 2:23 PM

'The quote is a work of fiction,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon

Gov't urged to ensure justice for other victims like Kian delos Santos

Nov 29, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says there must be accountability for all of the other deaths under President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign

'Death squad' vs NPA will 'worsen' existing human rights calamity

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's statement that he will form sparrow units is a 'declaration of open season against rebels, leftists, civilians, and critics of the government,' according to Human Rights Watch

WORSE. Human rights groups warn that the President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to create squads similar to sparrow units will worsen the human rights situation in the Philippines. Photo from Malacañang

Plans for Martial Law victims, martyrs memorial move forward

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'We will continue to tell the story despite the fake news and the post-truth arguments because it's important that the future generations are made aware of what really happened during Martial Law,' CHR Chairperson Chito Gascon says

Palparan conviction sends strong signal to human rights abusers – CHR

Sep 17, 2018 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) It's a triumph of strong will, says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon

Militants hold a protest during the promulgation of former Army General Jovito Palparan at the Bulacan RTC on September 17, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CHR to Duterte: Stop rape jokes, review your language

Sep 04, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon tells President Rodrigo Duterte that rape is no laughing matter

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures as he delivers his speech during the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Visayas Island Cluster Conference at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City on August 21, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Voided Trillanes amnesty appears to be 'attempt to silence dissent' – CHR

Sep 04, 2018 - 5:17 PM

'The hallmark of a strong democracy is that it guarantees separation of powers, checks and balances, and respect for the views of the minority,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairman Chito Gascon

HOAX: ‘COA flags Chito Gascon’s 3 P6.7-M China trips’

Aug 17, 2018 - 5:13 PM

COA has not flagged such trips and the said auditor does not exist

CHR’s Gascon hits Duterte human rights tirade

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says calls and protests against extrajudicial killings are not meant to stop government from doing its job

Protesters march towards Batasan along Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City during President Duterte’s 3rd State Of The Nation Address. Photos by  Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

End enforced disappearances, drug war killings – rights groups

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances says there are 1,993 documented cases of enforced disappearances in the Philippines under different administrations

MASKED PROTESTERS. Protesters wearing Jonas Burgos masks gather at the gate of Camp Aguinaldo to commemorate his disappearance. File photo from Desaparecidos

CHR: Withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court can be seen as 'encouraging impunity'

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Human Rights Watch and Karapatan also slam President Rodrigo Duterte's move, saying that his administration must be held accountable for 'all rights violations'

Roque slams De Lima, Gascon for 'hypocrisy' on EJKs

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:45 AM

The Presidential Spokesman calls out the senator and CHR chairman for insisting there are extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration when they supported a definition of EJK victims that excludes drug suspects

DEFENDING THE PALACE. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque in Malacañang on November 2, 2017. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

New human rights caucus calls for gov't action on violations

Dec 10, 2017 - 5:20 PM

The CSO-CHR Consultative Caucus for Human Rights (C4HR) aims to raise awareness of human rights as well as coordinate action among stakeholders to promote and defend these rights

Avengers or Suicide Squad? When Sereno and Morales attend a forum together

Dec 02, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The former colleagues on the bench tease each other, but they also send a strong message

Human Rights Commissioner Chito Gascon, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales attend the Constitutional Fiscal Autonomy Group (CFAG) forum on November 29, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Ombudsman/PRIMB

CHR's Gascon: Justice will prevail

Nov 29, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon reiterates that constitutional bodies are not part of a destabilization plot against the government – an accusation the administration and supporters have thrown in the past year

CHR's Gascon reiterates concern over 'sense of impunity' in PH

Nov 24, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Regardless of who is at the helm of the government's drug war, Commission on Human Rights chief Chito Gascon assures the public that they will continue to monitor and investigate human rights violations but asks law enforcers to cooperate

CHR's Gascon to Duterte: Words matter

Nov 22, 2017 - 2:40 PM

'This is particularly important to remember when words are spoken by those who are supposed to be our leaders,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon, after another tirade by President Rodrigo Duterte

Is the Duterte gov't attacking PH constitutional bodies?

Oct 25, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Heads of constitutional bodies and commissions are hounded by impeachment complaints and threats under the Duterte administration

For Gascon, Aquino admin failed to 'connect with grassroots'

Oct 02, 2017 - 1:54 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says the Aquino administration was competent and had achievements yet there was a 'sense that the government was distant from the people'

[Newspoint] A subhuman perspective on human rights

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Marcoleta got the lead role in the emasculation of the Commission on Human Rights and performed it to such perfection he deserves an Espenido medal

'They can do their worst, I'll do my part' – CHR's Gascon

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairman Chito Gascon shrugs off the insults against him, saying these are 'par for the course' in government

'DOING THEIR JOB.' CHR Chairman Chito Gascon downplays insults hurled against him. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

CHR thanks House for 'open minds, hearts' after budget restored

Sep 20, 2017 - 10:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'We are grateful to those who stood firm in championing human rights inside and out the halls of Congress,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon

CHR chair Chito Gascon. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

CHR cases can be handled by PAO, says Alvarez

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:24 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez defends allotting only P1,000 for the Commission on Human Rights for 2018, saying the Public Attorney's Office has the budget anyway

MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Kian Delos Santos' parents Lorenza and Saldy with their lawyer PAO Chief Persida Acosta, VACC President Dante Jimenez and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II at the Malacañang Golf Clubhouse on August 28, 2017. File photo courtesy of the DOJ

If CHR gets P1,000 budget, Duterte wants UN to monitor drug war

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:35 PM

The Philippine President wants the UNCHR to assign 'investigators' to accompany police on anti-drug operations in case the CHR is given only P1,000 for its 2018 budget

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 11th Founding Anniversary celebration of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City on September 1, 2017, urges the men and women of EastMinCom to continue their efforts in battling insurgency and illegal drugs while maintaining their abidance to the rules of engagement. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Gascon urges Duterte to view CHR as part of 'check and balance system'

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon also hopes President Rodrigo Duterte will choose to withdraw his latest insults 'in order to have a common civic space'

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: 1,000 saksak sa karapatang pantao

Sep 18, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Isang trahedya na ang mga kongresista natin mismo ang sumisira sa mga demokratikong institusyon na isinumpa nilang itataguyod

Malacañang 'respects' fixed terms, opinions of CHR officials

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:50 PM

This is a free country and so we respect the opinions of the different heads of agencies says Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan

CHR budget betrays vindictive character of Congress

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:04 PM

Do we really think that this Congress with a subservient majority can craft a Charter, independent and intelligent enough without bowing down to outside interests or powers?

CONGRESS. The Congress Plenary Hall awaits legislators. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Senators warn of 'deadlock' if House insists on P1,000 CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Should there be a stalemate until December 31 there will be no new budget in 2018 The P3 35 trillion 2017 budget will just be reenacted with the CHR getting P749 million

The members of the 17th congress vote on the House Bill 4727 or the Death Penalty Bill during the on the 3rd and final reading at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on March 7, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

De Lima slams 'pathetic' Duterte over P1,000 CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Wala na talagang tinirang kahihiyan si Duterte sa Pilipino at sa mundo Pathetic This is despotism at its finest This is absolute arrogance of megalomaniacs says the senator and former CHR chairperson

Robredo on P1,000 budget: 'It's like abolishing CHR'

Sep 13, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the House disrespected the Constitution and human rights when it approved a measly budget for the CHR

Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during the Defending Democracy Summit: Isang Pagtitipon at Paninindigan Para sa Demokrasya held at the UP Diliman in Quezon City last June 12, 2017. The summit is an informal consortium of academic institutions, think tanks, development CSO's, faith based organizations, advocacy networks, and a student alliance gathering as broad representations of leaders to proactively discuss and discern on the current state of the Philippine democracy and to identify strategies and courses of action to defend, protect, and uphold democratic norms and freedom. Photo by OVP

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Sep 13, 2017 - 12:20 PM

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Sep 13, 2017 - 11:35 AM

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APPROVED BUDGET. Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday jubilantly pose and flash the famous clenched fist sign of President Rodrigo Duterte after the lawmakers approved on second reading House Bill 6215 or the 2018 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). Photo from the House Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Senators hit House over P1,000 CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 10:27 AM

Senators vow to convince their House counterparts to restore the proposed P678 million budget of the Commission on Human Rights for 2018

BUDGET. Senators vow to restore the 2018 budget of the Commission on Human Rights after the House of Representatives gave it a measly P1,000 allocation. File photo by Camille Elemia

Gascon 'had it coming' – Duterte on P1,000 CHR budget

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:07 AM

When you are an investigating agency and you are empowered to investigate itong gagong Gascon na ito nakikialam pa doon sa during the incident Huwag kang pumasok diyan Duterte says of the Commission on Human Rights

'INAPPROPRIATE' Duterte says that CHR chief Gascon 'opens his mouth in the most inappropriate way.' Screengrab from RTVM

Want bigger CHR budget? Alvarez says Gascon should resign

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:27 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon however says he will not resign as doing so will lead to making the institution forever at the mercy of politics

Senate committee okays CHR budget for 2018

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The Commission on Human Rights experience in the Senate is a far cry from its experience in the House

Experts warn against rise of democracies mixed with authoritarianism

Sep 03, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The rising trend of hybrid regimes in Southeast Asia is tagged as a major challenge to democracy today

WORRYING TREND. Democracy observers raise concerns about growing trend of authoritarian tendencies in countries like the Philippines, under President Rodrigo Duterte. File AFP PHOTO / MANMAN DEJETO

CHR's Gascon held at Malaysian airport for 6 hours

Sep 02, 2017 - 11:41 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon denies that the incident was rooted in the tense situation between him and the Philippine government

Gascon proposes CHR-PNP task force on drug war

Sep 02, 2017 - 12:03 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chair Chito Gascon writes Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa to formalize the proposal

COOPERATION. CHR Chair Chito Gascon eyes stronger ties with the PNP on investigating deaths in the drug war. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

CHR says meeting with PNP opens doors to more transparency

Aug 29, 2017 - 6:41 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chair Chito Gascon says they will see down the road if the police will keep its promise to end abuse in the war on drugs

'Puro dribble': CHR hits PNP for not cooperating in drug war probes

Aug 24, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the Philippine National Police has only provided lists not detailed documents

CHR chair Chito Gascon. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Possible impeachment complaint? CHR's Gascon says he's ready

Aug 07, 2017 - 10:20 PM

Chairperson Chito Gascon a former Liberal Party director general says he stands by his record of non partisanship under the Commission on Human Rights

Robredo against CHR abolition

Jul 28, 2017 - 5:41 PM

Kung i a abolish iyong CHR parang lalo nating hindi binibigyan ng proteksyon iyong mga dati nang naghihirap sa ating lipunan says the Vice President

CHR ABOLITION. Vice President Leni Robredo opposes President Rodrigo Duterte's threat to abolish the Commission on Human Rights. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

CHR chairman should resign – Panelo

Jul 27, 2017 - 4:22 PM

UPDATED Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo says Commission on Human Rights chief Chito Gascon is not functioning as an objective chairman

Gov't failure? That's all CHR sees – Dela Rosa

May 08, 2017 - 5:09 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon had earlier lamented the government s failure to keep people safe

GO AHEAD. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa belittles criticism from the CHR over the gov't supposed failure to protect Filipinos. Photo by Lito Boras

CHR urges Filipinos: Be 'light bearers' in 'period of darkness'

May 06, 2017 - 7:30 AM

We as a community of human rights must work harder be more creative and develop strategies that we might overcome the darkness says Chairperson Chito Gascon at the 30th anniversary of the Commission on Human Rights

CHR chair says killings show 'failure' of gov’t to protect Filipinos

May 05, 2017 - 6:53 PM

At least 1 847 homicides have been determined to be drug related Another 9 000 more cases are still being investigated

CHR to observe Duterte gov't report to UN Human Rights Council

May 05, 2017 - 5:14 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says the Universal Periodic Review is more of a constructive dialogue on the human rights situation in the Philippines