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ConCom: CHR to become independent body in proposed federal government

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HUMAN RIGHTS
Various groups rally at the Mendiola bridge in commemoration of the International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2016. — KJ ROSALES/PHILIPPINE STAR

The Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to review the 1987 Constitution, voting 16-1-1, ruled en banc to elevate the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) as an independent constitutional body in the proposed federal government.

Declaring the CHR as a constitutional body would strengthen its investigative powers and expand membership to include representatives from the marginalized sectors, indigenous peoples, and environmental advocates. — Camille A. Aguinaldo