Friends, ladies and gentlemen:
The word “opportunity” is among the best used and perhaps, the most abused word in the English language.
What does it really mean?
What does one really mean when one refers to a “golden opportunity”?
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) cited the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City for the recent conviction of a human trafficker for peddling eight (8) women for sexual services. The RTC found Jerome Zamora, a pimp, guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violating Republic Act No. 9208, or the Anti-Human Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 with a penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of P2M.
Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, chair of IACAT, showed optimism on the recent increase of convictions in cases involving human traffickers. “Since January of this year, we have monitored five human trafficking cases resulting to the conviction of the accused,” added De Lima
Ladies and gentlemen,
When one is asked to speak before a group of experts, one cannot help but feel nervous.
And, why not?
When we hear the word “expert”, what comes to mind is a person who knows anything and everything that has to do with his field of expertise. The question is, what does one say to people who already know everything.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), the lead anti-human trafficking body of the Philippines, cited the second leg of the Freedom Ride Project held in Iloilo last Saturday, April 20, 2013.
Some four hundred (400) cyclists convened at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol Building and took part in the 25 kilometer fun ride. According to DAKILA, organizer of the event, the ride was intended to raise public awareness of the anti-human trafficking Actionline, 1343.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), chaired by Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, hailed the conviction of a man charged with trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of minors. On March 19, 2013, Judge Roberto P. Quiroz of Manila Regional Trial Court, Branch 29, sentenced Sonny Francisco to life imprisonment for Qualified Trafficking, the most severe infringement of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act (R.A. 9208).
Identities and circumstances of human trafficking offenders are no longer held “sacred” in the recently signed Republic Act 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Human Trafficking Law which amended Republic Act 9208 that previously gave confidentiality protection to victims and also erroneously extended the same to human traffickers.