31 Jul '16, 11am

New prosecutors to boost law enforcement in protected areas

In a training co-organized by Oceana Philippines, Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta urged the newly appointed special prosecutors for protected areas to make use of the innovations under the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases (‘Rules’) to go against violators. “In environmental cases, everybody is an offended party,” said Justice Peralta. As one of the high court’s justices who drafted the Rules in 2010, Peralta acknowledged the inputs of members of non-government organizations and peoples organizations whose experiences in helping prosecute illegal fishers and loggers and polluters provided the basis for changes from the rules of court. One of these is the use of authenticated photographs in lieu of physical evidence such as fish or timber, that either spoil easily or are difficult to bring to the court. “Everybody has a cellphone now, so it is very...

Full article: http://oceana.org/press-center/press-releases/new-prosecu...

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