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The VFFI filed a motion to quash the search warrant for the raid on VFFI headquarters in Cubao in September and asked the court to order the NBI to return all the documents taken in the raid.
The NBI has recommended the prosecution of Oebanda and other VFFI officials in the Department of Justice after its investigation showed that around P200 million in donations funneled to the VFFI could not be accounted for.
The VFFI provides education, shelter and psychological help to victims of trafficking.
In 2006 I wrote a cover story for the Sunday Inquirer Magazine on VFFI founder Cecile Oebanda, who is at the center of the current probe.
Agnes Magpale, cochair of the Cebu Provincial Women's Commission, said they would continue to work with VFFI until the allegations against the NGO were proven.
Vicente Abadesco, regional coordinator of VFFI in the Visayas, said the allegation would not affect their other funding sources in Europe like in London and Germany.
Oebanda said that since 1991 when the VFFI was founded, the group had reached out to "at least 70,000 victims, some 15,000 of them given food, shelter, care, counseling and [enrolled in] continuous study programs."
For its work, the VFFI has been cited by the International Labor Organization-International Program on the Elimination of Child Labor and the United Nations Girls Education Initiative as an international best practice.
In 2005, the US Department of State recognized the VFFI as one of the international best practices for its antitrafficking partnership with the Philippine government and private shipping companies.
Oebanda, VFFI founding president and executive director, has also been cited for the impact of her work.
6, based on the complaint of Daniel Altman (special agent in charge of the [Europe and Asia] Office of the Inspector General-USAID), the testimony of two whistle-blowers and boxes of falsified documents seized in a raid on the VFFI office in Cubao, Quezon City.
The whistle-blowers said VFFI fabricated the receipts and contracts to justify the expenses charged against the P300 million donated by the USAID.
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