Whistle-blowers to continue receiving protection, other benefits –DOJ

October 23, 2015 5:46 am 

MANILA, Oct. 22 — Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa said on Thursday that the DOJ is committed to provide whistle-blowers adequate protection, security and other benefits.

In a statement, Caguioa said the DOJ's Witness Protection, Security and Benefits Program (WPSBP) guarantees the security of whistle-blowers.

The WPSBP admits into the program "any person who has knowledge of or information on the commission of a crime and has testified or is testifying or is willing to testify; a witness in a congressional investigation, upon the recommendation of the legislative committee where his testimony is needed and with the approval of the Senate President or the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as the case may be; a witness who participated in the commission of a crime and who desires to be a State witness; and an accused who is discharged from an information or criminal complaint by the court in order that he may be a State witness."

Caguioa said that the change of hands in the DOJ will not hamper the WPSBP's implementation of its mandate.

He added that he will continue and even strengthen the program to ensure that security and other benefits are accorded to whistle-blowers. (PNA)

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