Desaparecidos, police abuse top new CHR chief’s agenda
MANILA, Philippines – The incoming chairwoman of the Commission on Human Rights on Wednesday said she will prioritize major human rights issues such as extrajudicial killings, involuntary disappearances and police brutality once she takes over the commission.
In a statement, former Akbayan party-list representative Etta Rosales said she is already making a list of priority issues once she takes over the CHR.
“I will ensure that the commission under my stewardship will not be beholden to any politician or any group but only to the universal principles of human rights. I will only be impartial to the respect and recognition of human dignity,” she said.
To ensure that she will be able to focus on the gargantuan task as CHR chair, Rosales said she is ready to take a leave of absence from Akbayan, a party that she thrice represented in the House of Representatives.