DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III ordered the immediate investigation of two individuals arrested for illegal recruitment in an entrapment operation conducted last 8 August 2016. In a report to Secretary Bello, POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said that the PNP-CIDG Anti-Transnational Crime Unit (ATCU), conducted an entrapment operation that yielded the arrests of Wilfredo Liwag David and Jemmalyn Mimis Barlan, for illegal recruitment of twelve (12) victims who were lured with fake job offers for Switzerland.
The non-existent job offers were for hotel and factory work involving a supposed
Swiss employer named KBR or Kelloggs Brown Root Company.
The victims were promised wages or salaries ranging from P60,000 to P70,000 and
that their applications will supposedly only take 45 days, with purported positions
having readily-available visas.
No placement fees were required, but the victims were required to pay medical
examination fees ranging from P3,500 to P6,000 to a specified medical clinic in
The victims reported the illegal recruitment activities to the POEA, which endorsed
the cases to the PNP for the conduct of the entrapment operation.
operation occurred in Robinson's Manila, where David and Barlan were caught in the
act of illegal recruitment.
The arrested individuals will be brought to the Department of Justice for inquest
Secretary Bello directed the POEA to continuously monitor the progress of the case
and sustain the strong campaign against illegal recruitment.