Malacañang vows government's effort to curb human trafficking

October 17, 2011 11:21 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 17 — Malacanang assured the government’s uncompromising efforts to curb the problem of prostitution and human trafficking through the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the main law enforcement agencies of the country, specifically the Philippine National Police (PNP).

In a press briefing at the Palace on Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the Aquino administration has been exerting all-out efforts to address this problem.

“We’ve always maintained doing our best to curb not only prostitution but also trafficking because its part and parcel… we have never turned a blind eye on that and that is the reason why the Department of Justice has been very determined in its efforts on trafficking,” Lacierda said.

“Nasa DOJ po iyan (efforts to curb prostitution and human trafficking), kasama po ng PNP inaayos po yan … you curb corruption, you curb trafficking and there are certain police operations that are ongoing, DOJ operations that are ongoing,” Lacierda added.

He said that, these actions by the government to solve prostitution and human trafficking, has taken out the country from the level 2 watchlist

“For that reason, we were taken out from the Tier two watchlist,” Lacierda said, adding that they are constantly making necessary moves to strengthen the prosecution of individuals involved in the illegal trade to ensure that they will be put behind bars.

“We’re making sure that in the prosecution, kapag nasampahan po ng kaso ay talagang mako-convict po yung mga involved sa trafficking,” Lacierda said. (PNA)

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