The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) conducted intensified operations in typhoon Pablo-ravaged areas in the provinces of Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental and Agusan Del Sur in Mindanao amidst reports of human trafficking syndicates preying on the mishaps and misfortunes of local residents affected by the typhoon.
The government took another major step in the fight against human trafficking as the newly published Manual for Asset Forfeiture Proceedings in Human Trafficking was formally turned-over to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and The American Bar Association (ABA) at the Department of Justice (DOJ) Headquarters last May 08, 2013.
As part of the government’s continued efforts in the fight against human trafficking, the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), the Philippine’s lead body against human trafficking published the list of individuals convicted for violation of Republic Act 9208 as amended by Republic Act 10364 (Expanded Anti-Human-Trafficking Act) last May 6, 2013 in leading newspapers.
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.