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Human rights commish gets new chair

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Following the death of former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) commissioner Chito Gascon due to COVID-19 last year, the agency has a new chairperson. Commissioner Leah Tanodra-Armamento was announced the newly-appointed chief in mid-February.


She will be finishing Gascon’s unexpired term until the 5th of May.
Both she and Gascon are part of CHR’s Fifth Commission en banc. Other members include Commissioners Roberto Eugenio Cadiz, Karen Gomez-Dumpit and Gwendolyn Pimentel-Gana.


Armamento was appointed CHR commissioner in 2015 by the late President Benigno C. Aquino.


She was previously a Department of Justice (DOJ) undersecretary. Prior to being a USec. at the DOJ, she was an associate solicitor at the Office of the Solicitor General.


Eventually, she became a prosecutor.


As assistant chief state prosecutor in 2003, she was chair for the government’s legal panel that reviewed the 1996 final peace agreement implementation with the MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front).
Armamento graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of Laws. In 2007, she became a fellow of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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