Senate OKs human trafficking law amendments

by Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 08 2012 06:26 PM | Updated as of Oct 09 2012 02:27 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill strengthening the country's law against human trafficking.

Senate Bill 2625, sponsored by Senator Loren Legarda, expands the coverage of trafficking to include destroying or tampering with evidence, influencing witnesses in an investigation, and using public office to impede an investigation or the execution of lawful orders.

The measure also removes the privilege of confidentiality enjoyed by people accused of trafficking.

Under the Expanded Anti-Human Trafficking Bill, a permanent secretariat within the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking will be established to intensify efforts against trafficking.