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DOJ: At least 200 convictions made since OSAEC law was passed

At least 200 convictions have been made since the Anti-Online Sexual Abuse or Exploitation of Children (OSAEC) law was passed in 2022, an official from the Department of Justice said Thursday.

''When the law was passed in 2022, almost 200 convictions were made,'' Justice Assistant Secretary Jose Dominic Clavano said at a Palace press briefing.

''So, we see a very significant jump ‘no after this law and this tool was given to the law enforcement and to the prosecution to actually convict perpetrators of OSAEC and CSAEM,'' he added.

''So it’s a very high conviction rate. Again, mainly because of the case buildup rule so nagkaroon po tayo ng magandang mekanismo together with the police and the prosecutors na hindi naman tayo magpa-file ng case ‘pag alam natin na mahina ang ebidensiya,'' he explained. 

The DOJ official further pointed out that addressing the illicit activities would come in the form of grassroot reporting mechanism.

''Whereby, people who are embedded in the community, people who have standing in their areas will serve as that mechanism to bridge between the community, where the crime actually happens and the law enforcement who can do something about it,'' Clavano said.—AOL, GMA Integrated News