5 nabbed for il­le­gal re­cruit­ment

The Philippine Star - - METRO - By EM­MANUEL TU­PAS

Five sus­pected il­le­gal re­cruiters were ar­rested by the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group (CIDG) yes­ter­day.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Roque Merde­gia, who heads the CIDG’s Anti-Transna­tional Crime Unit (ATCU), said four of the sus­pects were ar­rested in an en­trap­ment op­er­a­tion at around noon in Barangay Pana­paan 3 in Ba­coor City, Cavite.

Lio Eireen Labrado, Alexis Gleen Emas, Lo­ry­bel Nis­mal and Rachelle Nis­peros, re­port­edly duped around 50 peo­ple of their hard-earned money in ex­change for fake jobs in Ja­pan.

Merde­gia said the vic­tims shelled out at least P15,000 each in tuition at the sus­pects’ lan­guage tu­to­rial cen­ter af­ter the sus­pects promised them jobs as welders and farm work­ers in Ja­pan once they fin­ish their lan­guage cour­ses.

“The sus­pects have been oper­at­ing since last year,” he said in a text mes­sage.

There were no job of­fers and the vic­tims later learned from the Philip­pine Over­seas Em­ploy­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion the sus­pects are not li­censed re­cruiters.

The sus­pects were placed un­der ar­rest af­ter they re­ceived P50,00 in marked money.

Mean­while, an­other il­le­gal re­cruiter was ar­rested at around 1 p.m. at the park­ing lot of a mall on North EDSA in Que­zon City.

Merde­gia iden­ti­fied the sus­pect as Lanie Bar­roga, who

al­legedly stole around P35,000 each from 20 peo­ple in ex­change for nonex­is­tent jobs in New Zealand and Ma­cau. The sus­pects are fac­ing charges of il­le­gal re­cruit­ment and syn­di­cated estafa.





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