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DoJ mulls creation of cybercrime office

Date: February 05, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DoJ) is contemplating to put up an Office for Cybercrime to address the increasing number of cyber crimes in the country, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said.

De Lima said they started working on the new crime information network to link-up various law enforcement and government investigation agencies.

The lead agencies in this respect are the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The problem of Internet-related crimes was discussed during the 2nd International Conference on Cybercrime held at a hotel in Makati City on Friday

De Lima said the DoJ has started consulting with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for funding the proposed office.

The NBI, which is an attached bureau of the DoJ, has already its own anti-computer crime division.

Among the projects being pursued is the National Justice Information System (NJIS) which will soon replace the National Crime Information System (NCIS).

The NCIS was started by the previous administration but did not full materialize.

The NJIS which will be launched will also be equipped with a national database of convicted offenders. “This aims to guide the law enforcers and other government agencies to easily track and reference,” she said.

At the same time, de Lima said the DOJ started going high-tech as it is presently equipped with “electronic case monitoring” to allow prosecutors and the public in general to monitor pending cases.

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