A pleasant morning to everyone!
In my capacity as Secretary of Justice and Chairperson of the Committee for the Special Protection of Children and the Interagency Council Against Trafficking, I bid you all welcome to the second day of the National Forum on Protecting Children in the Cyber Age.
ASEAN experts in the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, social welfare and human rights protection arrived in Manila to attend the 4th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC) Experts Working Group (EWG) that will deliberate the drafts of the ASEAN Convention to Combat, Prevent and Suppress Trafficking In Persons Especially Women and Children in Southeast Asia (ACTIP) and the corresponding Regional Plan of Action (RPA) prepared by the Philippines.
Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, Chairperson of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) recently met with fellow anti-human trafficking crusader, Ms. Susan “Toots” Ople, head of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute (Blas Ople Center), at the Department of Justice (DOJ) compound in Padre Faura, Manila to discuss the expansion of the campaign against human trafficking and to congratulate the latter for being awarded the 2013 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Hero Award by the United States Government.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), chaired by Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, has lauded the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City for the speedy disposition of a human trafficking case involving minors against six female KTV managers at the Metallica KTV bar in Quezon City.
Judge Roslyn Rabara-Tria of Branch 94 sentenced the floor managers to life in prison, in addition to paying monetary damages of P2 million pesos each for violating the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act (R.A. 9208).
The Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking (IACAT), chaired by Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, cited the IACAT Operations Center (OPCEN), in particular, and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), in general, for a very high satisfaction evaluation obtained in a survey recently conducted by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in coordination with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).
Close coordination and sharing of information between agencies of the Philippines (RP) and the United States (US) have led to the successful busting of a cybersex syndicate based in Central Luzon.
The raid conducted by agencies under the auspices of Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) led to the arrest of three (3) suspects and the rescue of six (6) victims, including three (3) minors aged 15, 16 and 17, in a house used as a cybersex den in Brgy Malabanias, Angeles City.