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New life, face or gender for whistle-blowers

in PHILIPPINES, 15/02/2014

Witnesses will be able to undergo plastic surgery, even a sex change, while whistle-blowers will get monetary rewards under two new bills the House justice committee approved on Wednesday in order to provide stronger protection and additional benefits to people who speak out against crime and corruption.

The whistle-blowers protection, security, and benefit bill and the witness protection security and benefit bill also provide harsh penalties for those making false claims.

The committee’s approval of the measures comes as whistle-blowers and cohorts turned state witnesses take a central role in the current investigations into the billions of pesos in state funds that had been ripped off through the years.

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