Minors protection pushed
LIPA CITY Senate Majority Leader Loren Legarda has assailed Camp Crame for failing to take deliberate steps to ensure that children involved in crimes are adequately protected against abuse. We have enough laws protecting minors in conflict with the law. Sadly, it seems Camp Crame is not doing enough to enforce these protective measures down to the station level, Legarda lamented. Legarda was reacting to an Amnesty International human rights report accusing Philippine authorities of widespread maltreatment of minors in conflict with the law. The senator said Camp Crame should activate more children and womens desks in police stations nationwide. She also said the desks should be totally reoriented to properly deal with minors in conflict with the law. At present, the desks receive and act on complaints filed by children and women, mainly involving cases of sexual or domestic abuse. Instead of dealing solely with children and women who have become victims of crimes, Legarda said the desks should be expanded and also assigned to take custody to all females and minors brought to police stations as suspects.
Educators summit set
PALO, Leyte The Department of Education (DepEd) has scheduled the 1st National Educators Cooperative Summit in this historic coastal Leyte town on May 21 to 23. Education Secretary Edilberto C. de Jesus said the three-day summit will be followed by a day-long general assembly of the Philippine Federation of Teachers and Employes Cooperatives (PFTEC). …