Inauguration IJM Field Office
Hotel Gracelane, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
August 1, 2012
Friends, ladies and gentlemen:
Good afternoon to all of you; mayap a gatpanapun; magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat.
It is significant that today’s occasion is being held here in the city of San Fernando here in the province of Pampanga.
It is significant because this city and this province were built and re-built by the power of dreams, and by the shared determination of people and leaders to make those dreams come true.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) lauded the recent decision of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), headed by Francisco T. Duque III, finding nine immigration officers guilty of Grave Misconduct, Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service, Dishonesty and Gross Neglect of Duty based on substantial evidence.
IACAT head and Justice OIC-Secretary Jose Vicente Salazar said the CSC decision “is a clear signal to all that we are serious in our campaign against any and all elements involved in or which help human trafficking syndicates.”
The case stemmed from an IACAT probe on alleged irregularities committed by certain personnel from the Bureau of Immigrations (BI) at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) for possible violations of Republic Act 9208 or Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 in relation to Republic Act No. 3019 or the “Anti Graft and Corrupt Practices Act”.
Delivered by Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar
I am honored to speak on behalf of our President today. Allow me to share with you his message on this occasion.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima today said the visit of Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, in-charge of the United States Department of State’s (USDS) Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, "affirms the recognition of the US government of the country's gains in the campaign against human trafficking".
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) recently lauded the “all-out support” by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to the government’s campaign against human trafficking.
Department of Justice (DoJ) Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar, IACAT head, said the DBM’s support “further underscores the resolve of the present Administration to render the human trafficking menace a fatal blow”.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar hailed the country’s unsung heroes in the long-drawn crusade against ‘modern day slavery’ or human trafficking as the United State Department of State (USDS) maintained its’ tier 2 (T2) ranking for the Philippines in the worldwide human trafficking index.