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Save our kids, Women–– ‘Bato’

  • Written by Alfred Dalizon
  • Published in Top Stories
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PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa yesterday ordered the PNP
Women and Children Protection Center to intensify the campaign against women and child predators as he
admitted that the drive literally was sidelined when they focused their sight on illegal drug
trafficking and abuse since the start of the Duterte administration.

“Dahil sa busy sa war on drugs, terrorism, hindi natin natutukan na ‘yung sarili nating mga
bata, infant na ginagamit sa exploitation,”  the PNP chief said as he awarded some officers and men of
the PNP-WCPC for their outstanding performance of duties during the flag-raising ceremonies at Camp
Crame.
    
“Now is the right time that we support this unit, it is time for them to focus on women and
children’s welfare. Yung sira ulong mga foreigner na ginagamit ang mga bata natin, WCPC tutukan niyo
‘yan. Our counterparts expect so much from us,” he said.
    
Gen. dela Rosa admitted that his attention is called by his counterparts from abroad including
those from Europe and Australia regarding child exploitation and human trafficking in the country each
time they meet.
    
“Everytime may international gatherings like ASEANAPOL, ‘yung European countries and Australia,
gusto ko mag-share ng issues sa respective police forces like drugs and terrorism pero wala silang
ibang binabato kung di ‘yung problema sa child exploitation and trafficking in person,” he said.
    
Gen. de la Rosa pinned the Medalya ng Kagalingan on PNP-WCPC personnel, Superitnendent
Christine Tan, Senior Inspector Jigson Maddatu, Senior Police Officers 1 Excel Maravilla, Edgard
Siazon, Israel Lucob  and Glenn Alcaraz, PO3 Efren de la Cruz,SPO3s Evangeline Villano and Efren de la
Cruz and SPO1s Marsha Agustin and Albert Bitoon for their involvement in the rescue of victims of child
and women exploitation in separate operations  in Iligan City and Angeles City in May and July.
    
Last week, PNP-WCPC agents arrested two suspected cybersex traffickers during an anti-human
trafficking operation in Manila prompted by information from the United States Federal Bureau of
Investigation.
    
Suspects Jamil Sampaga and Anthony Mabansag were arrested by PNP-WCPC operatives with the help
of representatives from the International Justice Mission which is monitoring online cybersex
activities in the country.
    
The two were accused of offering a 17-year old girl for sex to an undercover officer for
P5,000. Officials said that Sampaga also offered young models, with ages ranging from 10 to 15 to
foreign pedophiles.
    
The duo were found to be involved in online sexual exploitation and “in-person sexual abuse”
over the past five years taking advantage of impoverished families in Metro Manila and other parts of
the country. They were arrested during the Cyber Security Month and following information from the FBI
Operation Cross Country program, an annual FBI law enforcement action focused on simultaneously
recovering underage victims of prostitution and drawing the public’s attention to the problem of sex
trafficking in the U.S. and abroad.