Mga panukalang dapat isabatas (8)

ITULOY po natin ang pagsasaad at pagtalakay sa mga panukalang batas sa Kongreso.

16. AN ACT AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9208, ENTITLED AN ACT TO INSTITUTE POLICIES TO ELIMINATE TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS ESPECIALLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN, ESTABLISHING THE NECESSARY INSITUTIONAL MECHANISMS FOR THE PROTECTION AND SUPPORT OF TRAFFICKED PERSONS, PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR ITS VIOLATIONS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES OTHERWISE KNOW AS THE ANTI-TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS ACT OF 2003.

Nais ng panukalang ito na amyendahan ang kasalukuyang batas upang palawakin ang depinisyon ng “Trafficking in persons” upang idagdag ang katagang “adoption” for the purpose of exploitation or “when the adaptation is induced by any form of consideration.”

Idagdag rin ang katagang “involuntary servitude” na ang depinisyon ay “condition of enforced and compulsory service by means of any scheme, plan or pattern, in-tended to cause a person to believe that if he or she did not enter into or continue in such condition, he or she or another person would suffer serious harm or other forms of abuse or physical restraint, or the abuse or threatened abuse of the legal process.”

Nais din ng panukala na mag-tatag ng “Anti-Trafficking-in-persons central database” na pangangasiwaan ng Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking na inatasan naman na mag-report sa Pangulo at Kongreso bago mag-Enero 15 taon-taon.

Ang mga sumusunod ay nais ding idagdag na maipaloob sa depinisyon ng trafficking-in-persons.

1. Tampering with, destroying, or causing the destruction of evidence, or to influence or attempt to influence witnesses, in an investigation or prosecution of a case;

2. Destroying or attempting to destroy, confiscate any actual passport or any travel documents of any person in order to prevent or restrict, without lawful authority, the person’s ability to move or travel in order to maintain the labor or services of that person; and

3. Utilizing his/her office to impede the investigation, prosecution or execution of lawful orders in case under this Act.

17. AN ACT IMPOSING A THREE-YEAR TERM MORATORIUM.

This gives Congress and the Commission on Higher Education reasonable time to assess, monitor and upgrade the educational system of higher education that would truly meet the challenges of the changing times, the proposed measure imposes a three-year moratorium on the creation of new state universities and colleges and conversion or upgrading of existing colleges into state universities. The moratorium covers all existing public higher education institution and State colleges all over the country.

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