VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Duterte ‘jokes’ about abolishing CHR, meddling with Ombudsman probes

In a press conference after his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 24, President Rodrigo Duterte had hostile words against the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Office of the Ombudsman.

One week later, he said he was just joking. Watch a video of this flip-flop.


Post-SONA press conference of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, Quezon City, July 24, 2017, watch from 11:45 to 13:43

Speech of Pres. Duterte, Bureau of Internal Revenue 113th Founding Anniversary, Quezon City, August 2, 2017, watch from 31:12 to 32:10

Interview with Pres. Duterte, Malacanang Palace, August 23, 2016, watch from 06:54 to 07:04

On the Ombudsman’s latest remarks, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), July 29, 2017

1987 Philippine Constitution

(Guided by the code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter, VERA Files tracks the false claims, flip-flops, misleading statements of public officials and figures, and debunks them with factual evidence. Find out more about this initiative.)