UN special rapporteur to meet with DOJ chief next week

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 3) The United Nations (UN) special rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children will be holding a dialogue with Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla next week, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Mama Fatima Singhateh — the first UN special rapporteur to visit the country since 2015 — will meet with Remulla on Thursday, Dec. 8, DOJ spokesperson Mico Clavano told reporters on Saturday.

"The purpose of the meeting is for Secretary Remulla to express his gratitude to the UN representative for visiting the Philippines and to answer any questions she may still have after her visit to the different local governments around the country," Clavano said.

The Justice chief will likewise provide Singhateh with a "more macro perspective" on the cases of online sexual abuse and exploitation of children in the country.

"We believe that this visit will provide more momentum in our war against [them]," Clavano added, referring to sexual offenders.

During her nearly two-week visit in the Philippines, Singhateh will also meet with other agency officials including those from the Council for the Welfare of Children, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Presidential Human Rights Committee Secretariat, and the Philippine National Police.