MANILA - Police have arrested 5 suspected illegal recruiters in separate entrapment operations in Bacoor City and Quezon City.
Four suspects - Lio Eireen Labrador, Alexis Glenn Emas, Lorybel Nismal and Rachelle Nisperos - were arrested past noon Friday after they received P50,000 boodle money from 5 complainants who were promised jobs as farm workers and welders in Japan.
The group’s modus is to offer Nihongo language tutorial for almost P15,000 in Rise Language Tutorial Center located in Panapaan 3, Bacoor City and entice their students to apply for jobs in Japan once they finish the course.
The victims said they were asked for additional payment to process their application and medical certificates.
After the language course, the victims said the promised jobs never materialized. They then discovered after verifying with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration that the center was not an accredited agency and language center.
"The suspects run a school in Cavite. It's a house converted to become a Nihongo tutorial center. Money is exchanged there. They promise that after graduating from Nihongo class, they will leave. They have graduated, but haven't left that's why the complainants went to CIDG," Chief Superintendent Roque Merdegia, head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Anti Transnational Crime Unit (CIDG-ATCU), said.
"We verified with POEA, we learned that they are lacking permits and license, this group that was supposed to send workers to Japan. We estimate that they have victimized about 50, from Mindanao, Masbate, and Ilocos," he added.
Merdegia said the suspects are part of a syndicate with a scheme of "pay now, job later or employment later."
Meanwhile, a woman suspected to be an illegal recruiter was also arrested by authorities in another entrapment operation on May 17, in a mall parking in Quezon City.
Suspect Lanie Barroga, born in Pangasinan, received the P35,000 marked money from complainants after she promised them jobs as hotel workers in New Zealand and Macau.
“Nagre-recruit papuntang Japan, New Zealand. Hindi naman napapaalis. Kanina, humingi siya ng P35,000 mula sa complainant na lumuwas pa from Ilocos," Merdegia said.
(They are recruiting for Japan, New Zealand. But they do not send these people. They asked P35,000 from one complainant from Ilocos.)
Merdegia said even if they have warned the public repeatedly, a lot of people still fall victim to illegal recruiters.
"Pangangailangan lang talaga, tiwala, naniniwala na sila ay makakaalis," Merdegia said.
(It's because they need the money. They trust and believe that they will be able to leave.)
Merdegia reminded the public to scrutinize recruiters and verify if they are legitimate.
"Magtanong muna sa POEA kung kayo ay mag-a-apply ng trabaho. Huwag basta basta magtitiwala. Alamin sa POEA ang mga lisensiyadong ahensiya," Merdegia said.
(Ask the POEA first if you're going to apply for a job. Don't trust too easily. Inquire if the agency is licensed.)
All five suspects will be charged with illegal recruitment and estafa.