Travel firm accused of releasing fake plane tickets to OFWs
Several overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have accused a Davao City-based travel agency of releasing bogus airplane tickets to them, a report by GMA Davao's Tek Ocampo on "24 Oras" said Monday.
The 60 OFWs and their relatives were also dismayed after they found out that the Double A Travel Services had already closed.
Maribel Poliquit, who was supposed to return to Japan on January 5 with her family, said they only learned their tickets were fake at the airport's check-in counter.
Poliquit said she is now worried about her delayed return to Japan since her job is already waiting for her.
"Napakahirap talagang maghanap ng pera para makabalik ng Japan. Isa pa, ang trabaho namin dun, naghihintay na," she said.
The report said many victims aired their grievances against the travel agency on social media, among them Myca Miolata, who was also a sub-agent of the agency.
Miolata said she was forced to leave Japan and return to the Philippines since her name was being linked to the controversy. She said she was able to talk to the agency's owner, Arlyn Llurca Palantar, over the issue.
"Rason niya is hindi talaga promo yun pero nahihiya na siya kasi yun na ang na-promise na price sa amin," she said.
"Alam niyo naman po na biktima rin ako. Gusto ko lang po sana sabihin sa inyo na wala akong pera talaga. Binenta ko na lahat," Miolata added.
A sum of P800,000 were remitted to Palantar to arrange the OFWs' airfare, the report said.
Meanwhile, initial investigations showed the Double A Travel Services had failed to renew its accreditation from the Department of Tourism since 2015.
Palantar has yet to issue a statement on the alleged fake plane tickets. —Joseph Tristan Roxas/KBK, GMA News