By NITZ ARANCON
NONE of Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental’s district representatives voted against the P1-thousand budget given by the Lower House to the Commission on Human Rights on Tuesday.
The House voted, 119-32, for the nonsensical 2018 budget for the constitutional body.
Not one of the four Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental lawmakers were in the initial list of congressmen posted on www.interaksyon.com. Its list lacked two representatives.
Rep. Maximo Rodriguez Jr. of the city’s 2nd District said floodwaters prevented him from attending the House session on Tuesday.
But he said he would have voted against the P1-thousand budget for the Commission.
Congressional aides of Reps. Peter Unabia and Juliette Uy of Misamis Oriental’s 1st and 2nd Districts, respectively, said the two lawmakers, like Rodriguez, neither voted in favor nor against endorsing the P1-thousand CHR budget for next year to the bicameral committee.
They said Unabia and Uy were out of the plenary hall but were in the Batasan Pambansa when the chair called for a division of the house.
Rep. Rolando Uy of the city’s 1st District said he also neither voted in favor nor against the P1-thousand CHR budget. He said he was inside his office when the Lower House voted for the CHR budget.
Meanwhile, Rep. Rodriguez said he would have voted “no” against the P1-thousand budget, calling it “dili makataronganon.”
“Dili puwede na, mawala niana ang check and balance sa atong gobyerno especially sa human rights issues,” said Rodriguez, adding that CHR should even be given a budget of over P600 million next year.