The government has scored another conviction in the long drawn battle against human trafficking bringing to 8 the number of conviction for the first 5 months of the year 2014.
Manila Regional Trial Court (MRTC) Judge Jose Lorenzo Dela Rosa sentenced Christopher Pangilinan for peddling minors for sexual exploitation and was meted the maximum penalties for violating provisions of Republic Act 9208 as amended by Republic Act 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.
Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, Chairperson of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), hailed the recent conviction by the MRTC Judge saying, “This shows commitment on the part of the government to strike down all those who intend to exploit any of our vulnerable countrymen.”
Pangilinan was arrested after a complaint was filed at the Women’s Protection Unit of the City of Manila stating that he was selling the sexual services of a 14-year old girl. The victim also narrated that she was forced by Pangilinan to take prohibited drugs so she could serve multiple customers every night.
Judge Dela Rosa directed Pangilinan to pay a fine of two million pesos (Php 2,000,000.00). He was also ordered to pay the victim five hundred thousand pesos (P500,000.00) as moral damages and one hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00) for exemplary damages.
De Lima also gave credit to the government prosecutors, led by Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Winnie Edad, that handled the case and saw through the conviction of the child trafficker Pangilinan.
“We should also recognize the uncompromising efforts of the government prosecutors who handled this case and made sure that justice for the trafficked victim was served,” De Lima added.