Illegal recruiters nabbed for promising non-existent jobs in France, New Zealand
Four suspected illegal recruiters were arrested in separate operations by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group upon the instruction of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Charges of large scale illegal recruitment and syndicated estafa have been filed against Remigio Mhar Mariano Jr, 46; Julieta Lipit, 52, alias Sarah del Asis, Sarah Asis, and Analyn Lim; Shiela Marie Amil, 47; and Mary Keith Velasco, 28.
They victimized at least 153 people from different parts of the country.
The CIDG-National Capital Region arrested Mariano, employee of Clarliemae Recruitment Agency and One Global Agency, on April 6, 9 a.m., in an entrapment operation inside a fastfood chain in front of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pasay City. He allegedly promised non-existing waiter/waitress job in Malaysia.
His victims paid P20,000.00 to P40,000.00 for processing and training fee.
The CIDG-Anti-Transnational Crime Unit nabbed Velasco on April 10, 5:45 p.m. in Gilmore, Quezon City. She asked from the victims P30,000.00 to P50,000.00 as travel expenses and processing fee, in exchange for supposed jobs in Paris, France.
Lipid and Amil, on the other hand, promised jobs in a dairy farm in New Zealand. Their victims paid them P90,000 for placement fee; P39,500 for training and accommodation; and P7,500 for medical examination.
They were name-dropping recruitment agencies but when the recruits checked with these agencies, the latter denied knowing the suspects.
CIDG chief Director Roel Obusan said Lipid and Amil directed their recruits to undergo training at the Mountain High farm in Baguio City for one month.
"Ang ganda ng modus nila, they have a dairy farm kung saan mag-training sila. Following the procedure for the people being trained abroad. Talagang magogoyo ka nila," he said.
He said some of the victims even sold their properties just to fund their training.
Obusan said it was Duterte who ordered the PNP to run after illegal recruiters.
"Last February, President Duterte directed PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa to put pressure on illegal recruiters dahil pag nagpupunta siya sa ibang bansa iyon ang palaging problemang hinaharap sa kanya," he said.
Obusan asked other victims hoodwinked by illegal recruiters to come forward and help them make an airtight case against the suspects. — MDM, GMA News