Prosecution of heinous crimes has been strengthened through the Witness Protection Security and Benefit Program (WPSBP). Witnesses often decline proposal to testify for the prosecution not only because of fear of physical harm but more often because of economic dislocation. The Program, though under resourced, has admitted 148 witnesses for the period of January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009.
The speedy conviction of the accused in the murders of journalists Edgar Demalerio, Allan Dizon and Marlene Esperat has been secured through the testimony of witnesses under the Program.
The WPSBP is also actively involved in protecting witnesses in connection with the November 2009 Maguindanao massacre. In support of law enforcement, intelligence and drive to speedily resolve the cases, program resources have to be applied above the customary level to these national interest cases, most especially in the recent Mindanao massacre.
|Source Institution||Department of Justice|
|Place of Publication||Manila|
|Original Publication Date||January 1, 2010|