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Philippines: Commission on Human Rights budget cut to almost nothing amid Duterte’s drug crackdown

Philippines politicians allied with President Rodrigo Duterte have slashed the annual budget for the Commission on Human Rights from $17 million to just $25

The public body has clashed repeatedly with Mr Duterte over his violent campaign against illegal drugs, and human rights advocates say the move is aimed at supressing any dissent.

About four-fifths of lower house members supported the move to cut the commission’s budget to almost nil.

Gug 1aThe house speaker and a close ally of Mr Duterte, Pantaleon Alvarez, said the commission deserved a…

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