Sumagot na rin at last! Mindoro Rep Sato urged to explain CHR budget vote

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After remaining mum for four days regarding her position on the 2018 allocated budget for the Commission on Human Rights, Occidental Mindoro Representative Josephine Ramirez-Sato answered curious netizens on Monday, saying she is against the majority vote which gives the CHR a measly P1,000.

On her Facebook post last Sept. 14, Sato said she was not able to cast her vote for the 2018 CHR budget as she was on official travel leave during the congressional budget hearing but did not reveal her position yet.

Only 32 lawmakers opposed the P1,000 budget for the CHR, while 119 stood tall and proud as they pushed for the reduction of CHR’s 2017 budget of P749 million to P1,000 for 2018.

Pressed by netizens since Thursday last week, Sato finally answered on Monday.

“I was on official mission on the day the budget for the CHR was discussed and passed. I would have voted NO!” she posted on Facebook.

According to an Inquirer report, the other lawmakers who claimed to be outside the plenary hall and/or denied to be one of the 119 lawmakers standing up against CHR were Cibac Rep. Sherwin Tugma, Batanes Rep. Henedina Abad, Marikina Rep Romero Quimbo, Batangas Rep Vilma Santos, Bataan Rep Geraldine Roman and Muntinlupa Rep Ruffy Biazon, former Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Ifugao Rep Teddy Baguilat and Eastern Samar Rep Ben Evardone.

Where were you, guys, when needed the most?

Hopes high at the bicam conference.