Chief Justice Praises Judicial Knowledge Exchange with Indonesia to Combat Trafficking in Persons
September 21, 2023
Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo welcomes the Council of ASEAN Chief Justices Working Group on Judicial Education and Training. (Courtesy of the SC Public Information Office).
“[O]ne of the most urgent issues confronting the entire world, [is] the evil dubbed as the modern-day form of slavery, Trafficking in Persons (TIP). The history of our fight against TIP is a testament to one fundamental truth: collaboration is key to fighting trafficking. It is only through partnerships and cooperation with all who have a stake in this problem that success can be actualized.”
This Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo declared as he welcomed the Council of ASEAN Chief Justices Working Group on Judicial Education and Training led by Hon. Justice Jupriyadi at the Session Hall of the Supreme Court in Ermita, Manila on September 21, 2023. With the Chief Justice were Associate Justices Japar B. Dimaampao and Maria Filomena D. Singh.
The Council, which the Philippines and Indonesia co-chair, rolled out their pilot project, the “ASEAN Knowledge Exchange (JKE) on Victim-Sensitive Adjudication of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Cases” which was co-facilitated by the Philippine and Indonesian judiciaries represented by Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) Chancellor, Justice Rosmari D. Carandang, and Research and Development Agency for Legal and Judicial Training of the Supreme Court Republic of Indonesia (BADIKLAT) Head Judge Bambang Hery Mulyono, respectively. The event was hosted by the PHILJA at the Supreme Court Training Center in Tagaytay City.
Article 12 of the ASEAN Convention on Trafficking in Persons (Especially Women and Children) or the ACTIP, emphasizes the need for regional cooperation to prevent TIP. Among the areas enumerated for possible cooperation is the exchange of information and promotion of capacity building. “This Judicial Knowledge Exchange is therefore a step towards the right direction by forging inter-Member States’ partnerships to provide a platform for the exchange of best practices in the handling and adjudication of trafficking in persons cases, and thereby build and expand capacity in such areas”, the Chief Justice said.
Chief Justice Gesmundo is confident that the sessions between the visiting Indonesian Judges and the Philippine Judges will immensely benefit everyone involved and will be a venue for more collaborations between the two neighboring judiciaries calling the same a very “important partnership”. (Courtesy of the SC Public Information Office).
Seated L to R: Judge Dr. Sriti Hesti Astiti, Hon. Dr. HJ. Nirwana, Hon. Judge Bambang Hery Mulyono, Hon. Jupriyadi, Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo, Chancellor Rosmari D. Carandang, Justice Japar B. Dimaampao, Justice Maria Filomena D. Singh, Court of Appeals Justice Jose Lorenzo R. dela Rosa. .(Courtesy of SC Public Information Office)