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DOJ launches guidelines in case build-up of online, gender-based sexual harassment

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday announced that it has launched guidelines in the gathering of evidence and case build-up of gender-based online sexual harassment (GBOSH).

According to the DOJ, the move is in collaboration with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in order to establish clear procedures for receiving complaints, addressing incidents and collecting evidence.

"These innovative GBOSH guidelines mark a significant stride in our fight against online violence. We are committed to creating a safer digital space for all Filipinos,” Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla said in a statement.

The DOJ said resource persons from various agencies contributed in developing the protocols.

“With the guidelines prepared by the task force, we already have a game plan, we already have these processes that would ensure that from here and thereafter, we have a truly coordinated and comprehensive effort of law enforcement and prosecution against sexual predators,” Justice Undersecretary Raul Vasquez said. —RF, GMA Integrated News