MANILA -- Former Akbayan representative Risa Hontiveros lauded the appointment of Etta Rosales as chair of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

"Itinataguyod ni Etta and universality ng karapatang pantao na ang bawat tao ay may ganitong karapatan, na ang estado ay pangunahin dapat managot at na dapat managot din and mga non-state actors," Hontiveros told Sun.Star.

Rosales also served as a representative of the party-list group from 1998 to 2007.

Akbayan supported the candidacy of then Liberal Party bet Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, with Hontiveros as part of its senatorial lineup.

Groups like the Kilusang Mayong Uno and the Karapatan Negros Oriental earlier hit the possible appointment saying that Akbayan is only getting desperate to get a government post for its leaders. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)