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Senin, 21 September 2020

Four more boys come forward after Depok orphanage sexual abuse case reopened - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Four more boys come forward after Depok orphanage sexual abuse case reopened - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Four more victims and witnesses have come forward and made a report after the Depok Police in West Java reopened a year-old investigation into a case of sexual abuse of orphanage boys, allegedly committed by their sole guardian, a Catholic brother.

The investigation was restarted following the publication of stories by The Jakarta Post and Tirto.id that shed light on the failure of the state and the Catholic Church to give the victims justice. The suspect in the case, Lukas Lucky Ngalngola, or Brother Angelo as he styled himself, is a member of a Philippines-based Catholic congregation, the Blessed Sacrament Missionaries of Charity (BSMC), and founded an all-boys orphanage called Kencana Bejana Rohani.

The boys from the orphanage called Angelo kelelawar malam (night bat), since he would allegedly carry out his acts after midnight, putting on all black attire. The boys claimed Angelo drugged his victims.

The police have recorded new statements against Angelo from four boys, who are now under the care of Darius Rebong, the founder and head of a new orphanage, also in Depok. One of the boys had gone through a physical examination, said Depok Police investigator Second Insp. Tulus Handani.

“The process is still in its early stages,” Tulus said. “What we must do from now on is to protect the children in a safe place so that they can provide further statements when needed in order to ensure the legal process runs smoothly, unlike the previous one.”

Last year, the police failed to complete the dossiers for the prosecutors’ office to bring the case to court because they claimed they could not find the whereabouts of the three boys who first made a report against Angelo. By the time the police found the boys, they made a statement to retract their report. By law, the police should have continued the case regardless of the victims' retraction, but they did not pursue more statements for the dossiers, resulting in a rejected dossier by the prosecutors.

The boys at that time did not receive any legal or psychological assistance from anyone. Even the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) left the legal process to a bystander in the case, an orphanage forum leader in Bogor, Farid Ari Fandi. After three months, the investigation crumbled and Angelo walked free in December last year. He soon established a new orphanage and lived among boys again in Depok.

For the current investigation, the four boys were accompanied by Darius, who is the founder of the orphanage where the four, along with 40 others, lived, Tulus said, adding that he had made the police report in his capacity as the guardian of the children.

The four boys that have provided their statements to the police are currently under the protection of the Social Affairs Ministry’s children rehabilitation center in Jakarta. The ministry provided a trauma healing program for them. During the initial investigation, none of the boys received such service from the state.

To keep the four children in a safe place, far from the orphanage, is important to protect them from any unwanted interventions that might influence them to change their mind later, as happened to their peers last year, KPAI commissioner Putu Elvina, who is in charge of the case, says.

Last year the police failed to complete the dossiers for the prosecutors’ office to bring the case to court because they claimed they could not find the whereabouts of the three boys who first made a report against Angelo. By the time the police found the boys, they made a statement to retract their report. Last year the police failed to complete the dossiers for the prosecutors’ office to bring the case to court because they claimed they could not find the whereabouts of the three boys who first made a report against Angelo. By the time the police found the boys, they made a statement to retract their report. (JP/Hengky Wijaya)

“Working together with child protection officers from related institutions as well as the children’s lawyer, we continuously encouraged them [the four boys] to be courageous in telling their stories,” Putu told the Post in a recent interview.

A joint effort led by the KPAI is also looking into the possibility of human trafficking in the case due to reports of Angelo’s method of recruiting boys who joined his orphanage. Most of the boys in the orphanage are not really orphans, but rather children from poor families in North Sumatra, Maluku and East Nusa Tenggara. Some of the boys told The Jakarta Post and Tirto.id that Angelo or his partners promised a scholarship to pursue a better education in Depok.

“We believe that he [Angelo] does not work alone,” said Putu.

While the legal process against Angelo is ongoing, the KPAI is assessing the condition of the rest of the boys who formerly lived at Angelo’s Kencana Bejana Rohani orphanage, and who currently live under the care of Darius Rebong. Returning the children to their parents or transfering them to other orphanages that are considered more established and professional are the feasible options on the table for the time being.

At the same time, the state-sponsored Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK) is also reaching out to children who may have been Angelo’s victims as well as other individuals who might know about their stories in order to make sure that the legal process against Angelo actually proceeds.

The LPSK has received a request for protection from Farid, the first person who reported the case to the police. 

“We have been in contact with Darius, the current guardian of the children,” LPSK commissioner Edwin Partogi Pasaribu said.



2020-09-22 02:44:00Z
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Kamis, 17 September 2020

More boys speak up after Depok abuse case reopens - Jakarta Post

More boys speak up after Depok abuse case reopens - Jakarta Post

Four more victims and witnesses have come forward and made a report after the Depok Police in West Java reopened a year-old investigation into a case of sexual abuse of orphanage boys, allegedly committed by their sole guardian, a Catholic brother. The investigation was restarted following the publication of stories by The Jakarta Post and Tirto.id that shed light on the failure of the state and the Catholic Church to give the victims justice. The suspect in the case, Lukas Lucky Ngalngola, or Brother Angelo as he styled himself, is a member of a Philippines-based Catholic congregation, the Blessed Sacrament Missionaries of Charity (BSMC), and founded an all-boys orphanage called Kencana Bejana Rohani. The boys from the orphanage called Angelo kelelawar malam (night bat), since he would allegedly carry out his acts after midnight, putting on all black attire. The boys claimed Angel...



2020-09-17 18:00:00Z
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Businesses in Depok suffering under curfews, mayor mulls tweaking policy - Jakarta Post

Businesses in Depok suffering under curfews, mayor mulls tweaking policy - Jakarta Post

Two weeks after Depok, West Java, imposed curfews to counter the rising number of cases of COVID-19, the city has seen businesses beginning to close down.

The Indonesia Department Store Association (APBI) has reported that roughly 40 percent of total merchants in the city have been forced to stop their operations because of the curfews.

In a quick response, Depok Mayor Mohammad Idris said he was mulling the idea of tweaking the curfews.

“We will probably change the curfews since we are concerned about the economic recovery issue,” Idris said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com. “We can push back the curfew for outdoor activity to 9 p.m., and 8 p.m. for businesses. We will be strict on these possible updated policies.”

On Sept. 1, the Depok mayor announced that public places, such as restaurants, malls and supermarkets, were only allowed to operate until 6 p.m., while courier services are allowed to operate until 9 p.m. Residents are prohibited from conducting activities outside of their homes after 8 p.m.

Read also: COVID-19 office clusters outside Depok create family clusters in the city: Official

However, Depok APBI chairman Sutikno Pariyoto said the curfews had hit businesses, most of which operated at night, with significant revenue losses in the two weeks since the policy had come into effect.

Most of the businesses’ customers are workers, who regularly spend their money on food and other things after they finish work.

“Employees usually return from their work at around 6 p.m., and they often visit the malls to have dinner, to have some coffee, or to shop, but [because of the curfew] they’re going straight home,” Sutikno said on Tuesday, adding that after 6 p.m. was the perfect time for businesses to operate.

He said he was relieved to hear about the mayor’s plan to tweak the curfews.

As of Wednesday, Depok had recorded 856 active cases of COVID-19. (dpk)



2020-09-17 01:15:00Z
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Selasa, 08 September 2020

UAE retailer expands presence, opens fourth hypermarket in Depok - ANTARA English

UAE retailer expands presence, opens fourth hypermarket in Depok - ANTARA English

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Continuing with its aggressive expansion in Indonesia, United Arab Emirates-based retailer Lulu Group has officially opened its fourth LuLu Hypermarket at a new shopping centre in Sawangan, Depok, West Java.

The 6,200-sq m hypermarket was inaugurated by Deputy IV for Digital Economy, Manpower, and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Rudy Salahudin.

At the opening, Salahudin lauded the establishment of a new store, saying it would create jobs for local communities, and at the same time, help meet their needs, according to a statement received here on Tuesday.

The newly opened store will house a wide variety of globally sourced products, including food and lifestyle goods such as fresh consumables, grocery essentials, household items, garments, and electronics and appliances. A variety of Indonesian and Middle Eastern cuisines will also be offered in the premises.

Meanwhile, the company has revealed plans to expand further in Indonesia by opening at least 15 new hypermarkets and 20 express markets in the next five years along with a “state-of-the-art logistics center at an investment of 500 million US dollars”, despite the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In January this year, Lulu Group had signed an agreement with the West Java government to provide employment to the local workforce in its retail outlets. The agreement was inked in the presence of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is also the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The company opened its first LuLu Hypermarket in Cakung, East Jakarta in 2016. While inaugurating the store, President Widodo had taken a look at Indonesian farmers’ products stocked by it.

The company’s second retail outlet is located in Serpong of Tangerang, Banten, while its third store was opened in Sentul, Bogor, West Java in July this year. (INE)

Related news: 15 million MSMEs to get Rp2.4 mln cash aid each

Related news: Economy to not fully recover until 2021 first semester: Indrawati

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2020-09-08 14:45:19Z
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Depok to Fine up to Rp10mn for Covid-19 Curfew Violators - Tempo.co English

Depok to Fine up to Rp10mn for Covid-19 Curfew Violators - Tempo.co English

TEMPO.CO, JakartaDepok city administration has officially restricted public activities at night (PAW), or imposed curfew, via the issuance of the Mayoral Regulation or Perwal No. 59/2020 concerning the guideline for the proportional large-scale social restriction or PSBB.

As simulated, people are barred from having gatherings after 8 p.m. Public areas such as stores, shopping centers, restaurants, cafes, and other business activities can only operate until 6 p.m. While the delivery or courier services are allowed to operate until 8 p.m., an hour sooner than the schedule introduced earlier.

However, the PAW policy does not apply to emergencies, drugstore or pharmacy services, health facility services, workers returning from work, as well as night shift workers and officers carrying out surveillance and security activities.

The city administration has also prepared a regulation No. 60/2020 on the sanctions. In which, people violating the curfew will be subject to administrative fines of up to Rp10 million.

Depok Mayor Mohammad Idris previously announced that the policy was aimed at encouraging the implementation of health protocols in an effort to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission.

Read also: Depok COVID-19 Task Force Clarifies Curfew Rules

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2020-09-08 01:56:00Z
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Jumat, 04 September 2020

Depok, Jakarta launch unified fight against COVID-19 - ANTARA English

Depok, Jakarta launch unified fight against COVID-19 - ANTARA English

Depok, W Java (ANTARA) - Public Order Agencies (Satpol PP) of Depok and Jakarta will launch a joint operation to ensure those passing through the two cities' border areas wear face masks to collectively thwart transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

"We are collaborating with our colleagues from the Jakarta Public Order Agency," Head of the Depok Public Order Agency Lienda Ratnanurdianny notified local journalists in Depok, West Java Province, on Friday.

The joint operation targets cracking down on residents violating the compulsory protocol to wear face masks while venturing outdoors in a collective effort to break the chain of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, she stated.

Offenders seen inside the Depok city government's administrative areas will draw sanctions from the Depok-based Satpol PP personnel, while those in the capital city will handle violators of the rule in the metropolitan areas of Jakarta.

However, Ratnanurdianny did not divulge details on the exact date when the two cities' Satpol PP personnel will begin their joint operation.

Related news: Jokowi instructs to conduct "wear face mask" campaign extensively
Related news: Health Ministry boosts campaign on wearing face masks against COVID-19

In another development, the Depok and Bogor city governments imposed a curfew to restrict public movement at night to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Jakarta's greater metropolitan areas, including Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi, and Bogor, remain classified as COVID-19 red zones, or high-risk areas.

As of Thursday, Indonesia had recorded the addition of 3,622 new confirmed cases, thereby bringing the total tally to 184,268. Of the total patients, 132,055 have recovered completely, while 7,750 have succumbed to the deadly virus.

Coronavirus infections initially surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019, while the Indonesian government officially announced the country's first confirmed cases on March 2, 2020.

In the early stages of responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Aceh provincial government had also imposed a two-month curfew.

The Aceh Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda) had supported the imposition of the coronavirus curfew from March 29 to May 29 this year.

To tackle the COVID-19 pandemic that has led to an economic contraction of 5.32 percent in the second quarter of this year, the Indonesian government is making all-out efforts, especially in developing a vaccine to combat the virus.

Currently, in addition to the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, Indonesian scientists are working on a vaccine named after the country's national flag, Merah Putih (Red and White).

Discovering a COVID-19 vaccine by early 2021 may help Indonesia's economy to recover at the latest by mid-2021, Iman Sugema, a senior economist with the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef), stated.

"Economic recovery really relies on how immediate the COVID-19 vaccine is discovered. If it can be achieved on time, Indonesia's economy will rebound in mid-2021," Sugema has forecast.

Related news: Indonesia's Health Ministry launches campaign on "Wear a Mask"
Related news: Bali enforces Rp100,000 fine for not wearing face masks outdoors

 



2020-09-04 09:29:35Z
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Kamis, 03 September 2020

COVID-19 task force backs imposition of curfew in Depok, Bogor - ANTARA English

COVID-19 task force backs imposition of curfew in Depok, Bogor - ANTARA English

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia's COVID-19 Task Force has voiced its support for the enforcement of a curfew in the cities of Bogor and Depok, West Java, to restrict public movement at night to contain coronavirus spread.

The coronavirus curfew-related policies that the two city governments have formulated reflect a responsive, preventive measure to contain the spike in new cases, the task force’s spokesperson, Wiku Adisasmito, said at an online press conference here on Thursday.

"We appreciate the immediate and responsive steps that the Depok and Bogor city administrations have taken to halt the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in their respective administrative areas," he remarked.

Jakarta's greater metropolitan areas, including Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi, and Bogor, remain classified as COVID-19 red zones, or high-risk areas.

As of Thursday, Indonesia has added 3,622 new confirmed cases, which have taken the total tally to 184,268. Of the total patients, 132,055 have recovered completely, while 7,750 have succumbed to the deadly virus.

Coronavirus infections initially surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019, while the Indonesian government officially announced the country's first confirmed cases on March 2, 2020.

In the early stages of responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Aceh Provincial government had even imposed a two-month curfew.

The Aceh Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda) had supported the imposition of the coronavirus curfew from March 29 to May 29, this year.

To tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to the Indonesian economy contracting 5.32 percent in the second quarter of this year, the Indonesian government is leaving no stone unturned, especially in the development of a vaccine against the virus.

Currently, in addition to the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, Indonesian scientists are working on a vaccine named after the country's national flag, Merah Putih (Red and White).

Finding a COVID-19 vaccine by early 2021 may help Indonesia's economy to recover at the latest by mid-2021, according to Iman Sugema, a senior economist with the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef).

"Economic recovery really relies on how immediate the discovery of the COVID-19 vaccine is. If it can be reached on time, Indonesia's economy will rebound in mid-2021," Sugema predicted. (INE)
 

Related news: Jakarta to impose curfew on students
Related news: Depok's COVID-19 recovery rate reaches 67.06 percent

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2020-09-03 14:27:53Z
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Rabu, 02 September 2020

Good Night: Bogor and Depok Start to Impose Curfews - Jakarta Globe

Good Night: Bogor and Depok Start to Impose Curfews - Jakarta Globe

Jakarta. Two Jakarta's satellite cities, Bogor and Depok, have begun imposing a night-time curfew following a recent resurgence in Covid-19 cases.

Places of business such as malls, cafes, and restaurants are only allowed to operate until 6.00 p.m. Out-of-home activities past the curfew are restricted to avoid crowds. However, employees are exempt from this rule as many work on shifts.

Bogor Mayor Bima Arya began implementing the curfew under the so-called "micro and community-scale social restrictions" (PSBMK) on Saturday, as the city turned to a high-risk area or red zone. Residents and culinary street vendors can stay outdoors until 9.00 p.m. Street vendors are only allowed to serve takeaway orders to avoid crowds.

In comparison to Bogor, the curfew for Depok residents and street vendors starts an hour earlier at 8.00 p.m. Delivery services can still operate until 9.00 p.m.

According to Depok Mayor Mohammad Idris, restricting out-of-home activities is necessary to curb the city's virus outbreak. For the past two weeks, more than 70 percent of confirmed cases in Depok are “imported” from other cities.

"These imported cases come from office clusters which trigger the contagion in families," Idris told local online media Kompas on Sunday.

For Depok, the introductory phase of the curfew had already begun since Monday. Sanctions for any violator will start to be in effect on Thursday.

A Toll on Business

The curfew, however, can be concerning for business owners. Many street food vendors -- such as those who sell fried rice -- are also only open at night.

Yudi, manager of a coffee shop in Depok, supported the government's attempt to combat the pandemic. However, he feared the curfew would cut revenue by up to 50 percent and thus forcing him to lay off his employees.

"It would be much more effective for the government to urge businesses to ramp up health protocols instead," Yudi told Jakarta Globe's sister publication Beritasatu on Monday. 

Whether it is night or day, virus transmission can still occur, he said.

Caught Red-Handed

In Bogor, businesses flouting the curfew will be fined starting from Rp 1 million ($67.7) to 10 million. Violators must also write a statement that they will not repeat the mistake before reopening under strict health protocols.
Anyone not wearing a mask will have to face a Rp 50,000 to Rp 250,000 fine.
The municipal government had run a two-day introductory phase throughout the weekend. Although sanctions had only been enforced since Monday, there are already nine businesses caught red-handed.

"We have imposed a fine on eight businesses ranging from Rp 1 million to Rp 3 million. We have also sealed off one place of business because they refuse to pay the fine," Bogor Municipal Police Chief Agustyansyah said on Wednesday.

Fast food restaurant owner David Ginting worried that he would miss the dinner rush and asked the Bogor city administration to reconsider the start of the curfew.

"Six p.m. is a busy time for a restaurant. We hope that it can be pushed back to 9.00 p.m," he said.

Still in Discussion

Other Jakarta's satellite cities, Tangerang City and South Tangerang, are mulling over whether to issue the curfew. 

"If people are not crowding, we will not impose a curfew. But if restaurants and street vendors cannot control their customers, we have no choice but to take care of people's health. Health is the highest law. We must act wisely," Tangerang Mayor Arief R Wirmansyah said on Tuesday.

Likewise, South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmy Diany said the night-time rule is still in discussion.

On the other hand, Bekasi decided not to impose any curfew in fear of the potential economic impact it may cause.

"The president told us to put a brake on Covid-19 and hit the gas for the economy. If we put a brake on both, we are done," Bekasi Mayor Rahmat Effendi said.
 



2020-09-02 15:50:11Z
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Selasa, 01 September 2020

Depok to impose curfew amid recent COVID-19 cases surge - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Depok to impose curfew amid recent COVID-19 cases surge - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Depok municipality in West Java will impose a curfew to restrict people’s movements in the city after health authorities confirmed a significant surge in the number of COVID-19 cases recently.

Mayor Mohammad Idris said public places such as restaurants, supermarkets and malls could only operate until 6 p.m., while courier services were allowed to operate until 9 p.m.

Moreover, residents are restricted from engaging in out-of-home activities after 8 p.m., as reported by kompas.com.

Depok COVID-19 task force spokesperson, Dadang Wihana, said the administration had finished a draft of a mayoral regulation stipulating the curfew policy, which is described as “restrictions on residents’ activities”, as well as sanctions for violators.

“The draft was finished yesterday [Monday]. We can start enforcing legal sanctions on [Thursday],” he said on Thursday.

While refusing to provide further details on the regulation, Dadang added that the curfew would also apply to street vendors and food stalls.

Read also: ‘Chaotic’: Epidemiologists concerned about healthcare crisis after recent surge in COVID-19 cases

The administration will deploy a total of 88 public order agency (Satpol PP) personnel, who will be assisted by military and police personnel, to educate local residents on the curfew until Wednesday.

Depok Satpol PP head, Lienda Ratna Nurdiany, said authorities would start imposing sanctions for violators once the regulation was issued.

Dadang further said that the curfew would not be applicable for residents whose working hours were after 8 p.m. They, however, would be required to show their identity card, assignment letter and other supporting documents.

As of Monday, health authorities had confirmed a total of 2,210 COVID-19 cases, reportedly the highest among other cities across West Java. The administration also reported 77 deaths from the disease.

Depok will become the second city in West Java as well as Greater Jakarta to impose a curfew, with Bogor starting to enforce the policy on Saturday amid an increasing trend in COVID-19 cases across the city. (trn)



2020-09-01 11:36:00Z
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