CHR Chair Gascon: ‘A well-respected lawyer, stalwart of human rights’ – IBP

Published October 10, 2021, 9:46 AM

by Jeffrey Damicog

Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)

Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Jose Luis Martin “Chito” C. Gascon was “a fine example of courage, integrity, and commitment, and a stalwart of human rights” the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) said.

In a statement, the IBP – through its President Burt M. Estrada – said it “grieves with the passing of CHR Chair Gascon” who died last Saturday, Oct. 9, after a bout with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Estrada said that Gascon “was a well-respected lawyer… and was undaunting in upholding the constitutional mandate of the Commission on Human Rights.”

Jose Luis Martin ‘Chito’ Gascon

“He was brave and ardent in the battle for human rights, law and order, and democracy out of profound veneration to the equivalent privileges and pride of all,” Estrada stressed.

Despite the passing of its chairperson, the CHR had said it will continue “the human rights work with equal fervor and sincerity that Chair Chito exemplified in his work.”

“His leadership in the Commission has inspired and nurtured a culture of enabling, empowering, and safe environment that move CHR personnel to always serve with genuine compassion or Serbisyong may Malasakit, utmost integrity, and excellence,” the CHR said.

“He impressed upon the CHR personnel and fellow human rights workers the impact and value of our work especially to those who have it least,” it added.

CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez Dumpit has taken over as officer-in-charge of the commission.