Monday, October 19, 2015

Alleged illegal recruiter held for victimizing nearly 100 job seekers

A woman accused of illegal recruitment was brought to the Department of Justice for allegedly victimizing nearly 100 people seeking job placements abroad.

As report on "Balitanghali" on Saturday said that the supposed victims were mostly from Metro Manila and some parts of Luzon.

Most of Joana Rose Sigua's accusers were present during her arrival at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters in Manila to give their statements before the DOJ against the accused.

Ma. Rosario Ursua, one of the supposed victims, said she gave P70,000 to Sigua's agent named Marilyn Reyes. The money was supposedly for documents allowing her and her sister to work abroad.

"Napakaraming tao na naloko, 'di lang po kami. Paniwalang-paniwala po kami sa kanya. Kung anu-ano pong sinasabi niya, iniimbento niya," said the 23-year-old from San Jose City, Nueva Ecija.

Reyes opted to work with authorities to entrap Sigua, who allegedly had recruited people from Nueva Ecija, Batangas, Quezon, Metro Manila, and Antipolo City, among other areas.

"Yung mga nai-refer kong tao sa kanya, kahit po papano e maibsan po yung pagdududa na kasabwat po ako dito," Reyes said.

Sigua denied claims that she was an illegal recruiter and insisted that her agents merely used her name in their transactions as she had officially stopped operations of her recruitment agency in February.

"Ang agent na lang po ang kumuha ng extra na pera sa kanila, hindi po talaga sa akin napunta, although ako po ang itinuturo ng mga tao," she said.

Though the exact nature of her charges remain unknown, a Facebook page "Anti Jomhadz International Corporation" called for the closure of the recruitment agency Jomhadz Interantional allegedly due to its illegal activities.

The FB page's posts include a closure order from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration in March, issued due to hte agency's recruitment of workers without valid licenses from the government.

A certain Joan Sigua was named as the owner of the employment agency.  Rie Takumi/LBG, GMA News 

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