While the debate rages on social media regarding its powers and functions of CHR, here’s what Fr. Joaquin Bernas says about CHR’s functions and powers.
On Facebook, Panganiban posted 2 images, actually screenshot photos taken from a section of the book written by Fr. Bernas, “The 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines: A Commentary”, specifically the part where Bernas outlines the functions of the CHR.
Panganiban captioned the photos which you may read below.
Intent of the framers of the constitution ba kanyo? Si Fr. Joaquin Bernas yan. May pa-rebut-rebut pa kayong nalalaman. Just saying. #syetdapwet #pinoydinakobro
Reading the portion where the Constitution defines the function of the Commission on Human Rights, one can tell that scope of the CHR’s function and powers encompasses human rights violations not just political but also civil rights. It says that the CHR’s scope of investigations “is all forms of human rights violation whether committed by public officers, civilian or rebels.”
The Constitution says that “every effort was made to ensure that the phraseology of the provision did not suggest that only military violations were within the scope of the Commission’s authority.”
So there you go!
Netizen Daryl Menioria couldn’t resist hitting GMA 7’s resident political analyst who earlier posted on Facebook regarding CHR’s scope of functions and power. “Nahiya naman kami para sayo Richard Heydarian, sa mga pinagsasabi mo. ”
While some took a swipe at the infographic from CHR that has been making the rounds lately.
Marlon Santos asked: “Pano ngayon yumg infrographic na pinakalat ng CHR? Hindi ko na mahagilap yun.”
Vince Lester commented: “Nasan na ung naniniwala sa infograph ng inquirer?”
The infographic image below is the one mentioned by Marlon Santos above.
Your thoughts on this?