Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Assistant Secretary Lorraine Badoy lamented the lack of support and help from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) under the term of Chito Gascon when it came to the human rights abuses of farmers in Hacienda Luisita.
These Lusita farmers became popular after information leaked that they were working for only Php 38 per week despite toiling for hours and suffering all sorts of abuses from their landlords.
Badoy repeatedly approached and sought the aid of the CHR to address the abuses inflicted upon the Luisita farmers, but all she got in response were length messages that basically boiled down to CHR refusing to meddle in the Luisita tragedy.
To that, Badoy pins the blame on Gascon who prioritized his political ties rather than human rights, even as far as wearing Liberal Party (LP) symbols and color on his tie during international conferences.
In her full post on Facebook, Badoy said,
“About the CHR headed by Chito Gascon.
When Lumad/TBoli farmers were trafficked by Hacienda Luisita and then made to work for 38 pesos a week, enduring all sorts of abuse,the CHR didn’t breathe a word in their defense. Not one word.
I spoke to one of their lawyers because I wanted so badly for the CHR to add to the voices of government agencies that had spoken out in outrage against Hacienda Luisita —the DSWD, DOLE, DAR,etc.
We had a back and forth—this lawyer and I. And she gave reasons replete in legalese for why they couldn’t get on board. I still have our chat and reading through it continues to anger me. Because basically what I heard her say was, “Sorry, that is not our job now.”
It got to the point where I was reduced to just asking if they could issue a statement that was in clear solidarity with the farmers because it would help so much, them lending their weight to this horrific injustice.
You’d think they would have said yes. You can’t get any closer to the violation of human rights than modern day slavery does, right? But no.. :'(
The answer she gave me was a long-winded “no” and not the clear, unequivocal answer one would expect from a truly impartial CHR.
It was the answer of a CHR headed and prostituted by Chito Gascon–someone who owes his allegiance to his political buddies far more than to the country he is supposed to serve.
Someone who attends international conferences with a bright yellow tie dotted with Ninoy Aquino eyeglasses printed on it. Who doesn’t even have it in him to pin the Philippine flag on his lapel. (And what’s more, it was an international conference that had, at its very goal, the takedown of a duly elected President of the Republic of the Philippines.)
And that speaks volumes to me.
He’s in an international conference and yet he’s not there as a Philippine representative but as an LP representative out to further the agenda of his party.
It’s just so stark where his loyalties lie.
He’s the CHR equivalent of Donkey Soliman who used the DSWD as political machinery –its resources, its manpower to try to make Mar Roxas, the monumental loser, win. With all the odds rigged in favor of this elitist brat, still, he lost. MASSIVELY. Susmeh. Loser.
At yan ang galit ko kay Donkey—how she compromised the integrity of the people under her—faithful, hardworking, principled public servants—to do her evil bidding.
I continue to hold the CHR in high esteem. I know its revered institutional history and I don’t think Chito Gascon has irreversibly damaged it.
But if he continues to hang on to it, it would lose its’ respectability and venerated reputation. Already, Filipinos sneer and jeer at it for all the damage done on it by Chito Gascon.
If he still has an ounce of love for this institution he heads and for all that it stands for, he should resign.
Fat chance though.
Therein lies the dilemma of the CHR –held hostage by someone perceived by many as nothing more than an attack dog of his political party and who has used precious government resources to overthrow the very government it owes its life to.
Then reduced a respected institution that’s supposed to do important work for the Filipino people into nothing more than a rubber stamp of the political foes of the President.”