Officials tagged in ‘sexploitation’ cases may face raps, says Binay



MANILA, Philippines–Labor and foreign service officials tagged in alleged cases of “sexploitation” in Philippine posts overseas may be liable for criminal and administrative offenses, according to Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Binay also on Wednesday assured complainants of total protection by the government.

The ‘sexploitation’ cases alleged to have been perpetrated in at least two Philippine embassies in the Middle East were revealed by Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello. His expose led to the conduct of a formal investigation of the cases by the DFA.

Meanwhile, lawyer and women’s rights advocate Katrina Legarda advised the Department of Foreign Affairs to be sensitive in handling cases and complainants as women who experienced abuse often feel the shame and stigma of being a victim.

During a lecture on “sextortion” before envoys from the Middle East and Africa over the weekened, Legarda also advised DFA on the manner by which complainants should be interviewed, including being clear on options available to them.

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  • bok

    Animals who hold public office, (and especially offices overseas) and who sells filipinas have no place in the filipino culture nor in the morals of the different political mindsets of diversity.

    The Alex Boncayao Brigade has to address this issue. Filing cases against these animals will just delay justice. Delay things… As we know, “Justice delayed is justice denied”.

    A caliber .45 bullet in the head is an effective policy. No more questions asked.

  • Ramses

    I want to believe that our government is serious in getting to the bottom of this scandal and file criminal charges against officials who are found guilty of sexploitation. But first, let’s see what happens to the case of Ambassador Shulan Primavera who was accused of seducing his maid in Kuwait last year. The investigators have found sufficient evidence to formally charge him. As a result, I want the good ambassador to be punished and go to jail and have his pension forfeited. If he gets only a slap on the wrist and allow to retire gracefully, it means that other investigations such as the current one are nothing but a farce.

  • whyinthisworld

    Jojo pls. let DFA and office of the president works on this case. Am sure they can handle it expeditiously with dispatch. Do not interfer and just concentrate on cases you filed against Home mortgage where almost billions of people’s money were taken away thru manipulation of documents. Can we consider this as “mona lisa”? and you yourself will have to take another papogi points again to gain political millage?

  • blue_lights

    “may be liable”? How about, if found guilty, they ARE to be held liable? Why is there room for doubt?

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